George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is an example of movie making at its finest. I was pleasantly surprised, because I wasn’t sure how this film would be. At first, I thought it was going to be just another one of Hollywood’s remakes. As I looked into it more, I realized it was a continuing story of Max Rockatansky, a role first performed by Mel Gibson in 1979. The sequel came out in 1981 and a third film was released in 1985. Thirty years later, Miller brings the character back, with the role going to Tom Hardy.
Hardy brings a slightly more rugged look to the character than that of his predecessor, Gibson. But also with it, Hardy brings a lot of energy to the character. He would almost have to after being tied up and tossed around here and there through a lot of the film. Even though he is the title character, he does not carry the film alone. The other performances cannot be left out because this was an ensemble movie. Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley round out some of the major players and each single actor exerted the energy to bring the characters to life.
Miller, along with Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris, wrote the script and provided the right amount of action and thrills to keep the film moving for its two hour run time. Miller created the perfect look of a post-apocalyptic world with the scenery, costume, and great cinematography. The film took away six Oscars in film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing, and production design. All of these elements did not disappoint. The film was quick paced but did allow for the occasional character dialogue for character and story development, but did not slow down for very long to continue the action of the long chase in overhauled, armored vehicles. The film was basically one long chase, complete with explosions and edge-of-your-seat thrills, with a few stops along the way. The film really didn’t let up until the final scene.
Miller came back 30 years since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was released with another high-energy action adventure in the Mad Max series. And it looks like Miller isn’t done as he is already planning a fifth installment to the series.