Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a Psychotically Badass Masterpiece!
Mad Max: Fury Road is seriously one of the most adrenaline-fueled action-packed adventure movies I think I’ve ever seen. There's a lot of excitement out there for this movie, and a lot of positive buzz, and everything you've heard about how spectacular this movie is? It's 100% true! For those of you who are feeling the excitement for this movie from the trailers you've seen, and you have a love of this character, this movie might just make your head explode.
I had high expectations going into this because the trailers made it look so freakin’ awesome. I was afraid that maybe the took the best parts of the film and threw them in the trailers. But the footage that you've seen only scratches the surface of what this flick delivers. It blew my expectations to pieces, and from beginning to end I was on was on the edge of my seat feeling the heat and intensity of the situation that our heroes found themselves in. The movie immediately grabbed me and didn’t let go. Even as I write this review, I’m still riding on the adrenaline high that Fury Road punched me in the face with!
Why the hell did it take so long for director George Miller to get this movie made!? I can't imagine it not being a huge hit. Fury Road was an epically badass masterpiece. It’s like The Lord of the Rings of post-apocalyptic action movies! The scale of the movie is so huge, and it was incredibly cool to see how the world of Mad Max has evolved. The world is completely jacked up, and the tone is scary as hell. It’s not a world I would like to find myself living in, but it sure is fun watching other people forced to survive in it!
The story is as simple as a story can get, but it was executed so damn well. I won’t get into the specifics of the story or scenes because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Basically Max (Tom Hardy) partners up with an elite Imperator named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to help her as she tries to smuggle out the five wives of the the evil Immortan Joe from under his tyrannical rule.
You may have already heard that the movie is one long chase sequence, and that’s exactly what it is. When Joe finds out what Furiosa has done, he goes after her with his army of henchmen, and from there on out it’s complete and utter chaos! The film barely gives audiences a chance to breathe — it's just one insane event after another. I just wanted to clap and cheer throughout the majority of the film.
Max is full-on crazy in this story. As you know, the guy has been through a lot of shit in his day, and we see the ramifications of that in Fury Road. He truly is mad. It definitely gave his character some interesting depth. The movie doesn’t fully revolve around Max, though. It mostly revolves around Furiosa, and Max is kind of just along for the psychotic ride of his life. The two characters had a great dynamic that I really thought was done well for the story.
The acting in the film is what you might expect. A lot of the side characters go completely over-the-top, but that’s what it had to be. Then you have the characters played by Hardy, Theron, and a few others that keep things on a lower scale, but still intense as hell. I really liked Hardy as Max; he was the perfect replacement for Mel Gibson, and he did an amazing job carrying the character throughout his adventure. But it was Charlize Theron who stole the show. She was incredibly hardcore, and my favorite part of the movie. She’s a great actress, and has done some fantastic films in the past, but there was something about this role that took her to the next level for me. It wasn't just the badassery of her character either, it was the emotion that she brought to the role.
Everything about Fury Road is given to the audience in the most extreme ways. The movie never lets up, it just races all the way to the end. If you’re into films like that and you’re a diehard fan of the Mad Max franchise, then this is a movie you can't miss. It over-delivered on what I wanted to see, and I can’t wait to see it again. I promise you’re going to enjoy this wildly unhinged ride of death.