Mad Max: Fury Road
Directed by George Miller
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Review by Jordan – for Eddie’s take click here
Outrageous, ingenious, chaotic, outlandish, anarchic, feverish, mind-blowing, funny, violent, dazzling, crazy, hysterical, visually stunning and always surprising – there will be many that try, foolishly, to emulate what Australian film-making stalwart George Miller has so perfectly constructed with his return to the iconic Mad Max franchise, but none will come close. His Fury Road, a groundbreaking reinvention of a 1979 Ozploitation classic that itself reinvented what Australian films could be, before The Road Warrior streamed ahead of it in ’81 and found international acclaim, influencing the brat-pack of American directors taught from rented VHS’ and not film theorists, is one of the best action films ever made because it has the vision to be just that: a no holds barred experience that shuns the put-upon shortcomings of other action orientated movies and focuses solely on the carnage.
The narrative is engaging, villains villainous, numerous and respectably despicable, production design flawless and Mad Max himself a hero worthy of the renowned title. Tom Hardy speaks little, but emits every bit of his sun-drenched craziness through a crooked brow, cracked smile or hard-earned thumbs up; his is a character worth rooting for because why not? Saddling a duel engined war machine into ongoing dust storms and constantly risking his disturbed life to protect a group of fleeing, beautiful models while forming a rare bond with the battle scarred Imperator Furiosa (an equally impressive Charlize Theron).
Nicholas Hoult is also great as the desperate Nux, a stowaway with a heart of gold who demands you to witness him as he storms through the gates of Valhalla. Nux is the source of many laughs, and his idiosyncrasies present just a small example of the whirlwind of ideas swirling around in the head of Miller.
George Miller is 70 years old, and although the likes of Sidney Lumet, Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman and Roman Polanski have proven this is still a young age to be a visionary behind the camera, it is still striking as an amazing accomplishment. The SFX, CGI and uses of 3D are among the most impressive I’ve seen, and from what an unlikely place! Mad Max: Fury Road is the very reason I am often loathed to watch the latest Marvel or DC blockbuster, as it makes more glaringly obvious the laziness, pedestrian attitude and lack of originality or dare present in them.
See Fury Road. Just do it. And bask in the high-octane thrills and undiluted brilliance on display.