Mad Max: Fury Road (Post-release)

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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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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.
 

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.
 

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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.
 

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.
 

AndyJ

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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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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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augofett

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

framed

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

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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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. :)
 

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.
 

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

Treadwell

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

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.
 

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