Review by Anthony Tyson May 27th, 2015
Mad Max might just be the best movie, so far, this year. Fast paced action, insane stunts, crazy villains, intricate characters; they are all part of this insanely vibrant world George Miller(director) has created. His attention to substance, without beating your head over with unnecessary details, is to be commended. No moment of dialogue feels unnecessary, and every moment of action is fully realized. This action is the emphasis of the film, but it's also not all of what makes it great.
As mentioned before, this world is vibrant. It's very strange to say though, as it is a post-apocalypse movie, and you are used to these types of films having a largely dark and bland color palette. I suppose that it’s the idea that while there is a lot of dirt and sand, that there might also be areas where there is life as well. George Miller shows he is excellent at crafting his narrative through clever use of scenery and objects, including an extreme plethora of throwback images for fans of the series while also having nothing newcomers will be confused by either.
Did I mention action? As in, the high octane kind that actually has you sweating in your seat? The amount of thrills and carnage in the film is insane, but it never has you feeling like its mindless. It's the perfect adrenaline rush, and it's hilarious that a 70 year old man knows how to shoot action better than most directors today(looking at you Michael Bay). It's the ideal match made in heaven between practical effects, and CGI when required.
Then there are the characters and the acting that pulls no punches, completely surprising audiences who expect a “by the numbers” action flick. Tom Hardy is exceptional as ‘Max’, but it's actually Charlize Theron as 'Furiosa' that steals the movie. Even secondary characters, like Nicholas Hoult’s ‘Nux’, were never underused. George Miller proves that you don't need to sacrifice great dialogue and characters, just to have a great action movie.
Ultimately, Max is the quintessential film for audiences to see this year. ‘Kingsman', ‘Ex Machina', and the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron' have all been great; but it’s ‘Mad Max’ that hits on all of the things that I love in film. It's truly a testament to the idea that any man with a vision, no matter how old he and his franchise are, can make a great film. I absolutely love Mad Max, and I can't wait wait to see this again.
A must see in theaters! You will understand once you have watched it. :)
To listen to Anthony and Zane geek out about this film check out The GD Podcast this week