It's been awhile since I reviewed any films here mostly because I haven't seen anything exceptional in a bit. Lots of "okay". Avengers was ok. Ex Machina was maybe a little better than ok. We all know that my tastes in movies is, shall we say, eclectic. I will sit through a 3 hour costume drama and swoon the entire time at all the beautiful, but I also enjoy a good "let's blow stuff up" film. The only type of movie I have a general dislike for is a bad comedy, which is a lot of what is being made right now. I just don't find stupid funny, but I'm old, so there is that.
So anyway, Mad Max. I'm old enough to have seen and enjoyed the early MM movies. I think I read the first one was released in 1979 and it was kind of ground breaking. Sort of the grandparent of all the post-apocalyptic stuff going on now. I don't think you have to have seen the early movies to enjoy this one. I'm not really sure what you need, but I did enjoy it. Kind of a lot.
As in all good run-chase-fight movies, there is a bad guy.
This unpleasant fellow, who gets kudos for outfit creativity, is hoarding water and gasoline and fertile women and who knows what the heck else. It is implied that he is having some, uh, difficulty producing undamaged children, which explains all the fertile women. Evil need for world domination covers all the rest.
Charlize Theron's character decides that she is going to try and save these lovely women....
....and the next 2 hours are the running and the chasing and the fighting to achieve that goal. There are the good guys, like Tom Hardy, who is Mad Max,
and Nicholas Hoult
and more bad guys than you have ever seen before. Ever.
I know, it all sounds a little awful and in some ways it is, but holy cow, is it a wild ride. I was up and down and covering my mouth and sometimes my eyes and holding my breath a lot. I haven't been this invested in a movie in I don't know how long. It is seriously creative in use of vehicles and costume. These cars are just crazy and they must have employed every stunt person in a 100 mile radius to drive and ride them. It was dirty and horrible and then there would be these scenes of strange beauty.
This scene where Furiosa gets some bad news was just crazy beautiful.
Also, the music. The music was spectacular. Perfection, really.
I'll admit that it had some weird moments and there were things I totally did not understand at all, but if you can open up and just take it for what it is, a h*ll of a ride, you won't be disappointed. (Except you Kysa. This film is not for you.) I think I want to see it again.
Oh, and just so you know that I'm not completely crazy, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 98%.