I saw this movie in theaters, and it was really awesome. I bought it when it came out on digital, but until now, I haven't had the chance to watch it again. I have heard a lot of people raving about the film "Turbo Kid", comparing it to "Mad Max", but with BMX bikes. I decided that I wanted to do a three-film series this week on post-apocalyptic Australia: beginning with "Mad Max: Fury Road", then "Turbo Kid", and "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" (which has been likened to a zombie "Mad Max").
About a year before I first saw "Mad Max: Fury Road", I watched the original "Mad Max" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome", however I have yet to see "The Road Warrior". I want to catch up on the original trilogy sometime this year, but I decided for now that I would stick with more modern movies.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" has very little dialogue and therefore relies mostly on action and visual storytelling. This is executed breathtakingly well, with some of the most emotional scenes in film this year being found in this movie. That being said, there are a few things that were left unexplained that I would have liked more elaboration on, namely the War Boys. I thought that they were a super interesting part of the story and I would have loved to have more backstory on them. Also, why was Joe's mask open once? That didn't really make sense.
The acting in this film is great as well. Charlize Theron delivers one of the best crying scenes of the year (I will give the best to Brie Larson, even though I didn't like "Room"). Hugh Keays-Byrne was intimidating as Immortan Joe, an interesting turn after he played Toecutter in the original. Tom Hardy nailed the mood of his character perfectly, even though I think that he as an actor has amazing potential for dialogue and that was underused in this film.
The special effects and cinematography are awesome. The fact that 90 percent of the effects in the film are practical effects is huge! They look amazing! The CGI is great too, especially the storm scene. The stunts are also great, my favorite being the swinging poles. The score is also eerily atmospheric, and the film would not have been the same without it, as the score performs the function of the dialogue of most films.
So yeah, I was really impressed by this movie when I first saw it and I am still really impressed watching it now. Do I think it was the best film of the year? No, but it definitely deserved a Best Picture nod for its brilliant storytelling and special effects alone.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Definitely.
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