If you were to ask me what was it that makes ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ so good, I could give you a laundry list! Every single aspect of this film is ramped up so much higher than any film of its kind that you may need pills to bring you down from the high of watching it. Where do you start? The unbelievably inspired soundtrack from composer Junkie XL is so good that a day after seeing the film you will still have the strings and percussion pounding in your head. Go out and buy the soundtrack right now!
Then there is the fantastic cinematography. The amazing shots from cinematographer John Seale will have your brain running through a smorgasbord of unforgettable images. Whether it’s a shot of Charlize Theron dropping to her knees while the wind blows the desert sand like waves on water or Tom Hardy dodging bullets while pushing a big rig through the evening mud, every single frame in this movie is memorable.
Yet, it’s really the choreography of each massively well planned out action sequence that makes this film so spectacular. From the moment the movie hits the road, we are thrown into some of the most amazing vehicular combat anyone has ever seen or is likely to see again. Cars fly over big rigs, human beings swing from cars on poles, cars get slammed into giant sandstorm tornadoes, and so much more. This would be fun no matter what, but the best part of it is that it’s almost all real. Wow!
There are also good performances from the talented cast. Tom Hardy plays Max as a man of very little words. He is driven by the sole purpose of survival and will stop at nothing to do so. That is until he meets Furiosa (Charlize Theron). She is a woman on a mission to save a group of enslaved wives from a vicious dictator named Joe, and Joe ain’t having it. He sends his army of crazy skinheads (including Nicholas Hoult as Nux) after her and the chase begins. Theron is also quite good in this film. Her search for redemption matches up nicely with Max’s and they manage to give the audience an odd amount of depth when you consider how little story there is.
If I had to complain about anything then, I guess it would be how thin the plot is. Like I wrote before, there really isn’t much of a story. However, I can’t say that mattered much in the grand scheme of the film. This movie is all about delivering the biggest audio/visual sensory overload to an audience possible and doing it with the most precision that can be mustered by a filmmaker in his 70’s. Truly amazing! This late in his life and George Miller is certainly at the top of his game. This film is nothing less than stupendous from beginning to end.
Available in stores on Tuesday, September 1.
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