Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on May 16, 2015

madmaxfuryroadMad Max: Fury Road is the latest in the Mad Max series, delayed so long it turned into a reboot, because Mel Gibson got old and crazy. Tom Hardy takes over as Max, but because he’s a man of few words, the real star is Charlize Theron.

The trailers looked completely nuts, with oddly sped up footage and heavily saturated colors and just generally being crazy looking, but the actual movie was a bit more normal. The whole movie is very brightly colored, especially odd for an post-apocalypse movie (most deserts are in the tan/brown range, but in this the sand is a bright orange, which does really amp up the orange/blue thing contrasted against the sky, normally an annoyance, but compared to the usual washed out desert look, this seemed like a refreshing change), but they used the fast-mo effect pretty sparingly.

Really there’s about 15-20 minutes of set up, and then 90 minutes of one big car chase. It has a lot of ridiculously over-the-top stuff, like a villain who’s kinda part-Darth Vader part-old fat guy, or a dude among the bad guy caravan of cars strapped to the top of a truck playing metal with a flame throwing guitar. Overall pretty good. It’s not as good as I’d hoped it would be from the insane trailers, but it’s not at all bad like I’d worried it would be from the exact same insane trailers.

I was amused that there was “controversy” on the internet among men’s rights activists about the movie, because it could really only be considered feminist if it was made in the 1950s. It takes the bold stance that women aren’t things, but otherwise it’s just a regular action movie. Max is far more badass than anyone else, and there are plenty of exploitative shots of the women (most of the ones in the cast are introduced in a scene where they’re all wearing skimpy white rags and pouring water all over each other).

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