It’s been years since I’ve seen the original Mad Max films, but from what I remember, it has never looked so good. Director George Miller finally returns after a ten or so year development hell to produce this breathtaking film that starts with a bang and doesn’t hold up until the final fade to black.
For a film where the the majority, if not all, stunts were performed in camera with the only special effects added to give further life to what was caught on camera, it was spectacular. I was exhausted by the end of the film after being bombarded with action packed sequences and beautiful cinematography. Exhausted, but in a way that would draw me back into watching the film over and over again. This is what a dystopian film should be.
Everything about this film is cinematic. A visual feast. Miller has continued to mould a world where darkness is an escape from the continuous cliches and remakes that fill our cinemas today. It’s a well needed break and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Hopefully Fury Road will inspire filmmakers to start creating original projects worth caring about and that we will actually remember instead of fading off into a pot of mediocre big-budget, star-ridden films with no heart or substance.
It’s a road movie of epic proportions and boy does it perform. The film brings you into it’s world and makes you completely disregard the run time as it takes you on a journey through a desert wasteland as Furiosa (Theron) brings the Wives of Immortan Joe (Keayes-Byrne) to safety with the help of Max (Hardy).
Hardy certainly had some big shoes to fill after Mel Gibson didn’t return for another outing and he was definitely capable as the main hero, however, the emotional heart of the film, as well as the narrative, was carried by Theron’s Furiosa. And we all know how much of a brilliant actress she is.
As we progress through the film, it’s obvious that Hardy isn’t the only hero. Furiosa is as much of a hero as Max and they compliment each other very well on screen, carrying the story forward and pulling their weight where needed.
I’m proud to say that I’m Australian with this film as movies like this don’t get produced at this caliber often. If you get the chance to see this film on the big screen, do it. Don’t wait until it appears on netflix or at the local DVD store. It’s a visual masterpiece that deserves to be seen its fully glory.