Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
The planet is an apocalyptic wasteland. In this stark desert landscape humanity is broken. People have become crazed fighting for the necessities of survival.
Within this world there are two people who exist who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Mad Max: Fury Road cleaned up at the Oscars this past week winning six awards in total. The awards were for Film Editing, Costume Design, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Production Design. That’s pretty impressive, amazingly though, I’d never seen it. In fact I’d skipped it at the cinema despite hearing great things. I don’t know, something about the trailer didn’t inspire me and I wasn’t a fan of the Mel Gibson trilogy. Coincidentally it was my Dad’s birthday on Tuesday and I’d bought it for him, mainly for us to watch together. Father/Son bonding and all that etc. So that’s what we did!
Straight off the bat you can see why this film won so many Oscars for how it looked and sounds. It looks terrific and it sounds fantastic. The use of practical special effects will always have a place in my heart. I love it.
However, once you get past those layers of beauty it does start to fall apart rather quickly. The plot is rather weak for example and there is little to no character development for anyone involved. Including Max, the main character! The problem is, if you don’t develop your characters for the audience they have less reason to care about protagonists or antagonists. It’s a huge flaw in cinematography!
I firmly believe that you could have a one chase scene for a movie and still create interesting characters. Characters that I would care about if they lived or died. Max is boring, his occasional visions and flashbacks don’t lead anywhere. In fact, once you get over the corniness and ridiculousness of the car chases and the visuals you’re drinking in. Mad Max is actually quite a boring movie.
At least it is in my opinion. From what I can gather though this film is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Personally, I can’t stand Marmite.