Main Plot Points:
- From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
- Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
What We Thought:
- I did not see what everyone else seems to be seeing in Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s ok, but I didn’t come close to loving it.
- I wouldn’t even consider it a Mad Max film. I’m trying to figure out who Tom Hardy plays in the film. I know he says his name is Max, but Charlize Theron is the lead and controls all the action of the film so Hardy can’t possibly be Max.
- That’s probably my biggest complaint. I’m a big fan of Theron’s and she’s quite good in this, but if she is going to command every moment and dominate every scene, why not just make her Max? She’s an Oscar winner, but also has action films on her resume, you don’t need Tom Hardy in this film. He barely does anything.
- Looking at posts about the film, someone will call me misogynistic for not loving the film. They won’t actually read my complaints because hey that’s how the internet works.
- I didn’t not love the film because it has women kicking butt. I didn’t love the film because it didn’t feel like a Mad Max movie to me. Read my Age of Ultron review, I brought up the set back the Black Widow character took in that and like previously stated, I’m a big fan of Theron. The film just didn’t feel like Mad Max to me. It’s a post apocalyptic film. It’s dirty and there’s action, but that doesn’t make it Mad Max. Max is barely in a cool car. I don’t remember him killing any of the main characters. Max himself is probably a supporting character.
- Now the film does have some good action scenes. It didn’t blow my mind like it did for Patton Oswalt, but I was bored with parts of it to be honest. Sure the guys on the swinging sticks were cool, but it just felt like every other action/post apocalyptic film to me. It’s far from genre re-defining like others are saying.
- I’m going to get killed for not loving Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s far from bad, but I’d personally wait a couple of years to see it again. I’d rather re-watch the original films on Blu-ray. Only myself and one other person only liked it, everyone else who say it loved it, but I honestly don’t see what’s to love. It’s just like every other film out there.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Charlize Theron
- Tom Hardy
- Nicholas Hoult
Recommended if You Like:
- The previous Mad Max Movies (I guess)
- The Fast & The Furious Franchise
- Charlize Theron