In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road being released on Blu-Ray and DVD this week I think it’s time to go back and review one of my favourite films of the year and I’m glad to report that Mad Max: Fury Road is even better the second time.
Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolute action cinema masterpiece. The action is absolutely incredible, the film is like one big action set piece that never stops until the credits roll. The action feels so real and that’s because nearly everything is practical effects. It’s crazy to think that some of these things are real. The film gains a lot from this realism as you can feel the stakes and you can feel the wind flying off the screen onto you and the explosions blinding you, it’s incredibly special and something that no other film has been able to make me feel.
The story is pretty basic and that’s fine. The story isn’t what you come for but it is done wonderfully even if it is simple and it leaves ways that you can interrupt different parts of the story. It makes you feel for these characters, even the bad guys. Speaking of the characters, this is one of the most feminist films I’ve ever seen. Every female character is strong and independent and absolute bad asses. George Miller may have created one of the greatest cinema heroines in history with Furiosa played by Charlize Theron, she is the best part of the film and Theron bought her to the screen perfectly. Max played by Tom Hardy is also great, this time around Max is quite mute, not speaking a lot throughout the film and I loved that choice. It meant that when Max spoke it meant something and everybody had to listen up. Tom Hardy was perfect for the role of Max because of this, the emotion that he shows in his eyes and face means you know exactly what Max is thinking.
George Miller directs the film perfectly, this is his best film to date. Some of the imagery such as when a car gets pushed into a sandstorm is just breathtaking. The score of the film is also perfect, Junkie XL creates a rock concert on the road and my ears have never been more satisfied. Little touches like having the beat go down when someone gets shot or when a guitar wielding war boy plays his guitar whilst going down this desert wasteland add so much to the film.
To put it bluntly, Mad Max: Fury Road is pure adrenaline filled carnage that creates cinema masterpiece.