Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road - Review

An one-armed female road warrior named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) secretly snatches a slew of nubile women from tyrannical post-apocalyptic warlord Immortan Joe. After one of the many, many driving action sequences in this movie, they cross paths with the titled character (Tom Hardy), who was briefly serving as a "blood bank" depositor for the vicious camp and now might serve as a crucial team-member in order for them to escape to a paradisal land. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is one of the most amazing filmed spectacles in a long time from Hollywood. Its pure oz-ploitation story and visual structure, mixed in with the recent stylings crafted by Neveldine/Taylor, serves up a much needed chance of pace to the recent American vision of big-budget action flicks. In a world over-saturated with slow-mo violent beats and CGI, it's so refreshing to experience excellent use of undercranking and real vehicles blowing up for real. Visionary auteur George Miller and his masterful crew were able to brilliantly follow the strategy of "hide the negatives, accentuate the positives"; characterization and overall plot isn't robust and plentiful but you actually care about the mostly female crew and dread/overjoyed for what's to come next. I also adored how it played up the absurdity of its finale and having a meta moment with the villains. The utter rush of an unending chase, expertly handled by John Seale's camerawork and Margaret Sixel's editing, never fails to exhaust itself. Theron is sheer cool and badass as Furiosa, Hardy is great as the dark rogue who often plays second bill, and Nicholas Hoult steals scenes as an underdog henchman. The sole thing I hated about the picture is its beyond ugly "can you tell this was intended for 3D?!" gag at the last kaboom. Save for this very minor complaint, this film is a bonafide masterpiece. Just absolute wow.


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