Plenty of reviews have already covered many of the reasons why Mad Max: Fury Road is an action movie for the ages, so all I’m going to try to do here is make you go see it without spoiling the whole thing.
(Warning: I will give some information that some people may consider to be spoilers.)
If you’re the type to go see movies fresh, all you need to know is that this movie is absolutely worth seeing. I mean, look at it.
If you need to know more to be convinced, here goes.
Mad Max: Fury Road is the movie I have waited for my entire life. It’s not perfect, but it comes close. It is refreshing in many ways–it doesn’t rely on CGI, the secondary characters are fully fleshed out, and it doesn’t waste precious minutes of screen time on unnecessary exposition or explanation.
The most refreshing part of the movie is the way it portrays the characters. Especially women.
The titular character Max is played brilliantly by Tom Hardy, and the audience learns a lot about him through show rather than tell. There is a brief voiceover at the beginning that feeds you very basic information, and through the rest of the movie Max speaks very little. The one time he speaks most, his face is covered and he’s yelling over engines, so you miss most of it. His limited dialogue does not at all hamper his performance or what the character is there to do.
The secondary characters include a group of women known collectively as the Wives who have been living trapped by Immortan Joe, ruler of Citadel. They take action, leaving Joe messages and a granny with a shotgun to gently hint at why they took off.
Arguably the main character is Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. She is the most refreshing part of this movie for me as a woman and a feminist. Despite having very little information about her rise through the ranks of Immortan Joe’s army, the audiences cares because she conveys a lot of emotion with her eyes and performance and her primary focus is giving the “wives” the hope they deserve. You can see her think through each decision that she must make as Furiosa and you hope with her that she’s doing it right.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, solid, leading action roles for females have been missing for, well, ever. There are plenty of side characters that are female and get to be a part of the action sequences in other action movies, sure, but when was the last time you saw an action film with a woman (in the case of MMFR, literally) driving the action? I’ve heard a lot of naysayers insist that Theron’s role isn’t all that feminist and the movie shouldn’t be so celebrated, but I’m personally pleased about Furiosa because she is 1. a strong character in 2. a good movie with 3. a wide audience and 4. no forced romance to make her seem more interesting. Not to mention 5. she’s intelligent and competent with 6. no funny mix ups to make the audience find her cute, clumsy, and maybe a little more palatable.
Long story short, I really do think you should see Mad Max: Fury Road. It portrays a world where justice is a hard road but it means something, and it can be doled out with teamwork between sexes.
Have you seen it? Do you agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments, but first enjoy this amazing crossover between MMFR and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: