Mad Max: Fury Road (Post-release)

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  1. Vivek

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    Mad Max: Fury Road movie discussion with spoilers.

    You can find the pre-release discussion thread here.

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  2. Shadow345

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    Action movie of the decade.

    But forget the hype.

    Just watch it and expect to enjoy it.
     
  3. Apollo

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    Man oh man!!

    Knocked my socks off! :thumbsup
     
  4. Vivek

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is the best action movie of the year so far. It compliments the Mad Max universe and elevates the genre to a different level.

    Max comparatively has less dialogues, but commands the screen when he does speak and sometimes just by his presence and expressions.

    Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are totally badass and so are the other supporting characters, but it's Nicholas Hoult's role that became one of the surprising highlights for me.

    Hats off to George Miller along with rest of the cast and crew for pulling off this crazy fun ride.
     
  5. letmebestormy

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    It's a fantastic movie. 2 hours flew by and it's a totally immersive experience. I had two issues:

    #1 - the opening voiceover. Didn't like it. No need for it.

    #2 - Tom Hardy. Just not my cup of tea. Almost wish he had no speaking lines in the movie. This movie lacks definitive one liners like RW and BT. Completely subjective but for me, Hardy is not Max. I didn't buy it at all. Another Max, the feral kid grown up, an alternate universe - sure. But I did not buy that this was Max a few years after Thunderdome.

    Luckily, that connection isn't needed and he's not terribly important to the movie anyway.
     
  6. cayman shen

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    I know this is heresy, but...I think I'm actually more excited about this than I am about Star Wars. It's actually been distracting me from work and chores and actual life. I've read like twenty-five reviews of this movie in the last couple days...I've got it bad.
     
  7. kristen jones

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    I don't think it's meant to be set after thunderdome. It doesn't really say, but I thought I read somewhere that it was not meant to fit into the old timeline
     
  8. letmebestormy

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    Pretty sure I read it was...regardless, whether it's before, after, or not connected at all - Hardy didn't *feel* like Max to me (85% of the flick). Not in the way say Craig felt like Bond to me 10min into Casino Royale. I fully admit I carried baggage in. I loved Gibson in that role.
     
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    Did anyone else notice how overly sharpened it look on a 2K digital projection? Maybe it was just my theater.

    BUT it was incredible. Like Gravity, it really makes you question every other movie.

    Charlize's robot hand is brilliant design--the whole robot mechanism is there with her arm covered in a green sleeve. They just have to key out the green and replace the part of the arm behind it.

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  10. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Saw it today, and man, this movie was perfect. The most perfect movie I've seen in a number of years. It's not an expose on human nature or any of that, it knows exactly what it is and delivers on every imaginable level. The camera moves with purpose, the editing is tight, and the cinematography was just stunning.

    Perfect. Really, just perfect.

    Makes me want to save up to junk together a car for Wasteland Weekend.:p
     
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  11. augofett

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    I really liked it. 30 years after I saw MM2, this movie really redefines the post apocaliptic enviroment.
     
  12. Vivek

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    stunning breath taking action loaded suicidal movie, george miller you will shine in chrome!!
     
  14. the_batdemon

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    I enjoyed it. I liked the little nods to the previous films.
     
  15. cayman shen

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    LOVED it. It definitely didn't feel like the old ones, but taken as its own thing, I have pretty much no complaints. It was as if Baz Luhrman and Chuck Jones made a Mad Max movie. I say that in a good way.

    Loved that it maintained some of that 70s exploitation horror movie vibe. Yes, it was absolutely a product of 2015, as it ought to be, but it still had its roots solidly in trash cinema. B grade forever baby.

    Really less of a "two hour chase" and more of a road trip film. With nods to Leone and Kurosawa.

    Complaints: the hype machine waaaaaay oversold the "minimal CG" thing. It was CG as crap, and it showed. That's ok, it is what it is, but when the buzz is about all the practical effects, and it's full of awful rear-projection looking blue screen, you gotta call 'em out on it. Also, Hardy seems like a cool guy, but he plain doesn't have Mel's charisma. Oh well. He'll do.

    Been a LONG time since I've paid to see a movie twice in the theaters. I'll probably see this one again on the big screen though.

    Happy Max fan :)

    EDIT: Road Warrior is now definitely the odd man out of the series, in terms of world building. MM is more or less filmed on location, and the world it inhabits is fully fleshed out and looks authentic, largely because so much of it is. MM3 and 4 use their budgets to create fantasy societies that feel fully functioning, if far-fetched. MM2 looks pretty thin by comparison with its single set and vague antagonists. Of course, world building isn't everything, and MM2 is certainly a masterpiece, but it's definitely the most sparse of the films. Props to Fury Road for making us feel like there are distinct tribes/societies and for fleshing out this world. Having said that, the original film is still the best :D
     
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  16. Noeland

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    I really enjoyed it too. But, I also don't fully buy into Hardy as Max. The character was different. I could go on about that. I think Miller knew that was going to be a problem for some people so he was smart about it and created a film that Max is part of but not the focus of. I felt Hardy channel Gibson a few times in his dialogue. When he took his coat back, Hardy gave the words a little Gibson spin. But, yeah, you feel the absence of a man who has true presence on screen. Hardy is a great actor, he's fantastic in the film, but he's not an icon and I suspect never will be an icon.

    That aside, it was my understanding that initially this story was meant to be something that happened between Road Warrior and Thunderdome, but that changed. I saw a few links there. Losing his boot, and his interceptor (it deserved a better death scene), he collected a small arsenal of weapons, including a mauser broom handle that gets used in thunder dome, and there was a few other things I can't remember right now.

    But really, it doesn't matter when it takes place in any kind of old time line. The story stands on it's own quite well. I think Miller was more interested in establishing the new Max, and seeing if people accept him at all. I certainly do, and I'm interested where things go from here. Frankly, never thought I'd be able to sit down in the theater and see another Mad Max movie. I always had a feeling if I did, Miller certainly would not be directing, and the film would just be crap.

    So I for one am very excited that I was wrong. :)
     
  17. cayman shen

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    So after Fury Road, I re-watched Thunderdome. Like many, I'd always considered it a fun movie, but a bit of a weak sell out compared to the original two. After Fury Road, I have to admit I see it with new eyes. When the kid is playing with the Bugs Bunny doll, that's your clue how to view it. Each MM movie is its own thing, its own genre, and Thunderdome is no exception. It's really wonderfully directed and beautifully gonzo, if you don't take it too seriously. It's Looney Tunes.

    Neat how a sequel sometimes can color how you view the predecessor. Usually in a bad way, but very much in a good way in this instance. Anyway, I know that's a wee bit off topic, but I've been derisive toward Thunderdome, and I think I get it now. It's the Nightmare on Elm St 6 of the series. Taken for what it's meant to be, it works.

    Seriously considering going back to the theater for another viewing of Fury Road tomorrow :D I'd forgotten most of Age of Ultron before I left the parking lot last week. But I can't stop thinking about Fury Road.
     
  18. Apollo

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    I'm surprised at the box office take on Friday, hopefully it will do better today and Sunday
     
  19. Treadwell

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    The Interceptor was blown to smithereens in Road Warrior, so that alone places this in its own timeline.
     
  20. 3phase

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    I did not like it much at all. From the lame chase that saw the interceptor crash so easily and the overuse of guns just like every other action movie seen today. Hardly any gun use was one of the things that made Mad Max 2 so cool. One thing it did do was make me watch Mad Max 2 as soon as I got home. Also thought Tom Hardy would have been great but was a bit of a let down for me as well. Completely different movies and not in a good way for me.
     
  21. Clutch

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    Good? Yes. Masterpiece? No.
     
  22. Rodann

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    It just didn't do it for me. It felt so over-saturated with post-apocalyptic gadgets/innuendo/gimmicks that some of it just felt way too far fetched. And the movie itself just felt like one long chase scene taken out of Thunderdome. Max didn't even have to be in the movie. It didn't revolve around him, didn't involve him, didn't make him memorable at all- it just didn't scream "Mad Max". Every time Hardy spoke, it took me out if the movie. Not as much as that ridiculous guitarist-boombox-mobile (wasted resources, anyone?), but he sounded like Le Chiffre at the poker table........NOT Max.
     
  23. Jeyl

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    Yeah, it's almost as if Immortan Joe was a hoarder who relishes in having massive amounts of resources to waste around. I thought that was one of the reasons he was a bad guy.
     
  24. cayman shen

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    And let's face it, Mad Max has always had a silly relationship with gasoline. These guys don't have enough, but they go tear-assing around in these big V8s nonetheless. I guess that a post-apocalyptic movie about people sharing sensible cars and planning their day so they can run all their errands in one go would be pretty short on entertainment value though.
     
  25. batguy

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    This movie was AWESOME. Instant classic IMO. It's not the originals but it's not trying to be. George Miller basically made "Mad Max: Bigger, Badder, and Uncut" this time.

    I can see how people would miss the early 1980s Australia & young Mel Gibson feel to the originals. But that world is 30 years gone. That actor is a grumpy racist old jerk. That apocalypse didn't happen. That post-apocalyptic world never did withstand 60 seconds of critical thinking. That writer/director's mind has been chewing on these concepts for a bunch more years now and his ideas have gotten farther out. And that's okay. MM#2-3 felt pretty friggin' far out compared to the real world for viewers at the time.

    I say forgive George Miller for failing to recapture everything there is to like about the originals, and give him a huge pat on the back for all the things he did well here. There were 10,000 ways this movie could have been worse than it is. This might be the first time a hero filmmaker of my youth has revisited his early work with modern resources & SFX and it actually lived up to the possibilities of that.
     
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  26. Goonie

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    Just got back from the movie and all I got to say is holy s***! This movie was awesome. Best action flick in a long time. And thank god it wasn't a Peter Pan/Lost Boys movie like Thunderdome was. This was Burning Man on drugs!

    Here's hoping George Miller does a sequel.
     
  27. Goonie

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    And now a song from Aunty Entity...

     
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  28. cayman shen

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    Continuing my personal mission to get people to see this wacky, beautiful flick, I submit some tweets:
     

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  29. Solo4114

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    So....Burning Man, then? ;)
     
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    I would be a grumpy racist jerk too, if a religious group attacked me for my beliefs and compared me to my semi-estranged wacko father. Let alone forced my movie over budget and over schedule then tried to blame ME for falling off the wagoon.

    I thought Immortan Joe was already a bad guy because he was a megalomaniacal rapist?

    .

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    We kept counting the people walking out...........
     
  31. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I am awaited in VALHALLA!
     
  32. Chicagovader

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    Loved this movie! Wife and I saw it in 3D yesterday and we both enjoyed it from beginning to end! By far the best pure action film I have seen in ages. I have to see it again in the theater and the 3D Bluray will be a day one by for me :D
     
  33. Goonie

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    Exactly. And more!
     
  34. cayman shen

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    I guess Miller just confirmed that he developed enough for a whole new trilogy, and that the fifth flick will be called "The Wasteland." LORD I hope this happens!
     
  35. Quake II

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    George Miller literally emptied out his insane mind right onto the screen. Fury Road is clearly the Mad Max movie Miller always wanted to make, but until now he lacked the budget and technology to do so. You don't see this kind of bat**** crazy cinema anymore and I've missed it. The color pallette was unlike anything I've ever seen before and the cinematography was breathtaking. Kudos to Warner Bros for financing and supporting mad man Miller and his unique vision. The sound design also deserves some praise as engines, drums, punches, explosions and gunshots never sounded sexier! This movie is a game changer.
     
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  36. PoopaPapaPalps

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    People looked at me funny when I kept saying how sexy I found this movie. They just don't understand!:p
     
  37. cayman shen

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    Sexy as hell, yeah. And also more quietly lovely. I can't get the image of the stilt walkers out of my head. Out of all that mayhem, a single, unexplained, mysterious shot is what I keep coming back to. This movie is beautiful.
     
  38. Bryancd

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    WOW. Should be Titled Mad Furiosa! Mad Max Fury Road delivers kinetic action and some beautiful cinematography. And Chalrize Theron steals the show. Max is the weakest link!
     
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  39. Jeyl

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    *Dag takes a moment to kick the chastity belt one last time*

    There. That one moment lasting only three seconds did a better job telling a liberating story than Sucker Punch did with a whole entire movie .
     
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  40. Athanasius

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    I LOVE this movie.

    We are finally seeing a re-emergence of practical effects in film, and this one absolutely nailed it.

    Love it, love everything about it.
     
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    Someone needs to explain to me this what I assume is a relatively minor backlash against this movie from men's groups saying it emasculated male characters or some other nonsense?
     
  42. Goonie

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    The stilt walkers reminded me of those creatures from The Dark Crystal. :)
     
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  43. cayman shen

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    Me too! And a Dark Crystal callback is always welcome in my book.
     
  44. cayman shen

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    Yeah, some dudes who can't get dates seem to think it's an insidious feminist agenda attempting to co-opt a male icon because the movie takes the wildly radical stance that a) sex slavery is bad, mmmmkay? and b) a woman "upstages" Max for the hero's role. That second part is true, but who cares? She's a great character. Complaining about her upstaging Max is like complaining that Sarah Connor upstages Arnie in T2 by also shooting the T-1000. It's only an issue if you're a reeeaaalllly insecure dude.

    The most interesting character is Nux, but with all the sturm und drang over the "feminist agenda" thing, he's been lost in the conversation, I'm afraid. Maybe some dictator with a blog will write something silly about how traditional slave-owner values are under attack and we can talk about how great Nux is. He's kinda the soul the whole movie, in many ways.

    PS: Sorry my reply was worded as if you hadn't seen it, but I see a few post above that you have, so you know everything I just said I guess :lol The blog post is Return of Kings, and the blog itself is...pretty bitter. You get the feeling the guy is tired of being treated like crap by women so he's launched a crusade, when the real issue is the douchebro needs to stop hanging out with awful women. One of those pick up artist type things. Pretty sad. Guy needs to watch Don Jon :lol
     
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  45. PoopaPapaPalps

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    People with too much time on their hands. Just forget them and enjoy the movie for what it is. ;)

    I don't know where it's coming from that she's the lead; the way I saw it, Max and her were the leads. I like that Max has a more objective, receded, and even more quiet role in the movie. The movie already calls a lot from the Leone westerns, and Max is treated in this movie like Clint Eastwood's Blondie character in Good, Bad, Ugly. He's just separated from the plot and gets swept up in it out of reluctance and helps Furiosa and gang because only he can. In more ways than one, this is a lot like Road Warrior. Just bigger and higher octane.
     
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  46. Bryancd

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    You know, when you consider all three previous films, Max is a central character, but ti's really the supporting players that flesh the story out. Max is more catalysts an enabler of events, not always the focus, even in the first Mad Max.
     
  47. cayman shen

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    Also, to call the series a bastion of masculinity is a little iffy. I mean, Wez's chaps, getting schooled by Tina Turner... :p

    Joking aside, I agree that Max is absolutely a catalyst character--that's a perfect description of him. Kind of like how Tuco is well-rounded and Blondie is a blank slate in the Good the Bad and the Ugly. Or how the clown Kikuchiyo is the well-rounded character in Seven Samurai, whereas the badass swordsman Kyuzo (who gets a nod in a scene in Fury Road!) is a cipher. I like that we know more about the ostensible "sidekicks" Furiosa and Nux. It keeps with that Man With No Name tradition.
     
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  48. CessnaDriver

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    Overall pretty good and Max is back. But Gibson still brought a little something more. Not sure how to put that into words.
    I think calling it a masterpiece is a bit much, maybe because people have been starved for this kind of film for along time there
    is a little extra gushing, probably a miracle that an old dog can still deliver the mail eighties style. Most of them burn out and we end up with,
    well a Crystal Skull pile of Phantom Menace.. Bummed he didn't get his interceptor back, I really expected him to get it back at least for a bit.

    Interesting to see a Taurus 9mm.
    I bought one of these "Brazilian Berettas" back in the day and was surprised how often it popped up in films back then.
    And here it is again, so that was a bonus retro nod for me.
     
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  49. gizmo

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    It's not a masterpiece its a rip rollicking roller coaster masterpiece!!!




    Ben
     
  50. Bryancd

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    i used to have a Taurus 9mm too!
     

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