Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

IMDb plot summary: In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Directed by George Miller. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.

This is a pretty phenomenal summer blockbuster. It stands out from a lot of the other action movies, thanks to its abundance of awesome female characters (seriously, this is Furiosa's story, Max is just kinda there) and its really gorgeous visual aesthetic. This movie makes everything LOOK good, and I'm glad I got to see it in theaters instead of waiting for it to come out as a rental.

The Mad Max saga is brand new to me -- I've never seen any of the originals, despite my love for dystopian stories -- so one thing I particularly liked about this movie was that it showed off the world without endless exposition and long details about why things are the way they are, or how these people have the power they do, or any of that. It kept a good deal of it mysterious, where we see that's how it is but don't have a sense as to why. It puts us as audience members in a similar place as most of the characters in this movie, who have only a vague knowledge of what the world was like "before," since they're primarily too busy trying to survive now.

Overall, really interesting and well-made movie.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Mad Max: Fury Road > As It Is In Heaven
Mad Max: Fury Road > Pretty Woman
Mad Max: Fury Road < Heathers
Mad Max: Fury Road < The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
Mad Max: Fury Road < Roxanne
Mad Max: Fury Road > Quartet
Mad Max: Fury Road > The Karate Kid
Mad Max: Fury Road < Waking Ned Devine
Mad Max: Fury Road < Leap of Faith
Mad Max: Fury Road > Crossing Delancey
Mad Max: Fury Road > Notting Hill
Final spot: #532 out of 2372.

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