I always thought the shifting perspective between films was a good way to explain continuity errors. You reminded me how off-putting Max's voiceover in the trailer was. This communicated that this was a different Max from the previous films and maybe that was the intent. I prefer Mel's enigmatic Max above Hardy's pensive, brooding Max.This conversation has just illuminated for me a pretty big problem with Fury Road that I never noticed before:
The film begins from Max's viewpoint (it even opens with him saying "My name is Max"), then, after his confrontation with Furiosa, it shifts to her perspective.
I wonder if this problem may be the root of the reason why some fans dislike this film, whether they can identify the problem or not (I only just realized it myself).
What would this film look like if it had been told entirely from Max's perspective? Or Furiosa's? Or even the wives (the film even seems to take their viewpoint at times).
I like the idea of the stories of Mad Max being legends, like stories told around a campfire, but that narrative doesn't work if you open the movie with actual narration from Max himself.
George should have picked a single perspective and stuck with it (I'd prefer to see the wives' perspective, personally).
I wonder if fans like Wook would like this film better if it was told entirely from the perspective of the wives.
Then Furiosa wouldn't be the star of the movie, she'd just be fighting alongside Max.