Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
Production Companies: Kennedy Miller Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Sci-Fi
What It’s About: The road warrior Max teams up with a War Boys soldier named Furiosa, and they embark on an escape from the Tyranny of Immortan Joe.
How I Watched It: Alone in the theater. Small crowd…consisting of a bunch of dudes all wearing baseball caps. Weird.
Thoughts: After being abducted by these weird fellas known as the War Boys, Max(Hardy) ends up making an unlikely team with a rogue War Boy officer named Furiosa (Theron). They, along with several of Immortan Joe’s (Keays-Byrne) prime mating ladies, depart for Furiosa’s maiden land–“The Green Place”.
I was pretty excited going into this, being a fan of the original trilogy. Knowing that George Miller was once again taking the reigns made me hold even more hope. Surely if anyone could carry on the Mad Max legacy on the big screen, and do it well, it would be him. He did not disappoint.
Take your vision for what the original Mad Max films could have looked like with 30 more years of technology available….and multiply it times ten. Holy. Hell. All of the elements of the original films that we loved–the costumes, the crazy characters, the INSANE high speed chases–they’re all still here. Not only are they here, but they are far improved.
One of my only complaints about this film was, surprisingly, Tom Hardy. He is one attractive male specimen. However, there were several times that I just found him taking me out of the film. Maybe if I revisit the old films, I’ll see more correlations between his acting choices and Mel Gibson’s…but I dunno. I always appreciate actors giving their own spins and using their own inspirations for old characters being revamped, but that doesn’t mean I always like their interpretations. Something about him wasn’t working for me most of the time.
Now, this may be a Mad Max film, but this one belongs to Charlize Theron. Furiosa is by far a more integral character to this story, and she is such a frickin’ badass. Even with grease covering half of her face, she’s still incredibly beautiful (Lucky!). She is such an empowering female presence. This may well be my favorite performance from Theron.
Another favorite character of mine was Nux (Hoult). These War Boys are crazy mo-fos who are destined to live short, intense lives. They want nothing more than to die in the heat of battle and to be “witnessed” into the gates of Valhalla. Nux is initially just a War Boy using Max as a blood bank, but he ends up being an unlikely team member on the trek to “The Green Place”. Hoult’s performance was spot-on.
I can’t write a review of this movie without a shoutout to Hugh Keays-Byrne. If you’re not aware, he played the role of Toecutter in Mad Max (1979). It was cool having at least one actor come back to the series in a new capacity.
My Rating: Huzzah!
This movie is a fun ride from start to finish, and is easily my favorite film that I’ve seen in the theater so far this year. I truly hope that this spawns even more films in the Mad Max franchise–*wink wink* George Miller *wink wink*. Go see it while you still can!
Where Can I Watch It?: THE THEATER! Right now! Go! 🙂