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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road
Posted on July 1, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: May 15, 2015

Director: George Miller

Overall Rating: Good

Max is back, along with newcomer Furiosa, as he assists her to find her childhood homeland while also secreting away a warlord’s “wives”.

The Good

There’s so much good here. So much. But, overreaching everything else, is the portrayal of women in Mad Max: Fury Road. This is not Max’s movie. This is Furiosa’s. And, as it turns out, that’s a great thing. Not only is Mad Max: Fury Road one of the most exciting, well-crafted action movies of all time. It’s also loaded with strong female characters. The women are the heart of this movie. They are the soul of Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Bad

There is only one false note that I saw in Mad Max: Fury Road. Nearly all of the effects feel real, whether they’re practical or computer generated. There’s a moment when a large crash of cars happens and debris comes rushing at the screen. The shot ends with a steering wheel careening into the center of the screen, perfectly aligned. It’s the only moment of the movie that seemed artificial.

The Ugly

To some, it will feel like Mad Max: Fury Road is lacking in story. They wouldn’t be wrong. The story is broad and moves straight ahead. Making up for any lack of story, however, is the World building that George Miller and company have created. It’s boundless.

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