Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This past weekend, I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road. The film stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and is a continuation of the 80’s cult classics that starred Mel Gibson. Let me stop right there for a moment:
Who the fuck thought this was a good idea? I imagine two overweight nerds sitting in their mother’s basement playing World of Warcraft and beating off to classic fake celebrity nudes from the 90’s while they talk about how great shitty things are. Oh, how misunderstood they are…
I just threw up in my mouth.
These thoughts may not have been rational, but they are what flowed through my weird little brain. Regardless of my initial questions as to why this movie needed to be made, I am a huge fan of Tom Hardy, and I think Charlize is amazing as well. Then I saw the trailer and I realized exactly why the movie needed to be made. In the year 2015, director George Miller finally has the technology and the budget to truly do justice to this type of film. I spent two hours enthralled with what I was seeing, drenched in fire and over-the-top death. I was on the edge of my damn seat nursing an emotional boner and I wish it never ended. It was that entertaining.
Now, I am not here to say that this is some masterpiece of film making. What I am here to say is that it did its job, and it did it perfectly. Tom Hardy was intriguing as always. He has a way of bringing a very human element to characters even when he is playing something that is very out there and unusual. I really appreciate that about him. Charlize Theron was great, and I felt that a combination of the writing and her acting created an iconic character that will (hopefully) be remembered for years to come. In an age of kickass men, she proved to be exactly the sort of character that has been lacking in female-driven movies. She encompassed all aspects of human life. She was a protector, a thinker, a teacher, and an all-around dick kicker. She was perfect, and we will hopefully see more characters like her in the future. Nicholas Hoult was the unsung hero of the film and added an interesting layer with his portrayal as the wacky, dirty little sand bastard Nux.
The characters were brilliant. So creative and so fucking weird. I felt like I was experiencing the world of Oz after dropping acid. Everyone and everything was visually stimulating, and I left the theater wishing I could go back and see more of the creatures that survive in that post-apocalyptic society. I also have never seen so much fire in a movie. The characters in Backdraft must feel like little bitches right about now.
Of course, this is a very typical film for dudes. It features over-the-top action, drug-induced character creations, and plenty of vehicular manslaughter. However, I think they did an immensely important thing in featuring such a badass, well-rounded female character.
Overall, I give this film 4.5 stars out of five. It is not a life-changing movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it was highly entertaining, very pretty to look at (as pretty as any desolate world could look), and it featured a slew of amazingly creative characters. It isn’t going to be winning any awards for best picture, but it is definitely a movie you should watch if you want to feel like you’ve just been bukakied by action.