Mad Max: Fury Road - What a Lovely Day It Is

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Really looking forward to seeing this.

Just need to convince some others to come with me.

Or possibly drug them and carry them to the cinema across my shoulders. Whatever works.

R rated action films are back baby!

John Wick
Kingsman
Fury Road

In less than a year oh yeah!

So what's next?

With the release of this latest Mad Max, did we finally, at long last,

Alright! The franchise finally went Beyond Thunderdome!

I'm glad it turned out well. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one!

It's amazing how much of a 'mic drop' this is for George Miller -- He's been out of the action genre since the late 80's, and then he suddenly returns to show off Hollywood and show all those big name action directors how it's done. This is how you make an action thrill ride, people. This movie is an assault on your senses in the best way imaginable. It spends its two hours just having angry sex with your eyes and ears.

Tom Hardy is no real replacement for Mel Gibson, but within the context of the movie he works fine. He gives off a great impression of this, like, beaten dog. Charlize Theron is the stand-out though. She could've easily turned in this chest pounding 'I am woman, hear me roar' performance, but instead gives us a character that is worn and torn and is fiercely protective of the last bit of hope she has left. She reminded me a lot of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner in Terminator 2.

I saw it yesterday, and I had to take the rest of the evening to come back to my senses. ... And I really just wanna see it again right now, and that's the first time that's happened in ages.

Mad Max: Fury Road - What a Lovely Day It Is

Max is back in a big-budget B-movie that will go down in history as one of the best of its kind of all time.

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P-89 Scorpion:
R rated action films are back baby!

John Wick
Kingsman
Fury Road

In less than a year oh yeah!

So what's next?

Speaking of Kingsman, watched it on the plane, and it was amazing! The only problem was through headphones the British accents were a bit hard to decipher.

OT: Looking forward to watching this, and maybe even getting the game (which looks like Just Cause, Arkham Knight, and Fallout mixed together) I'm planning on watching it after I watch Avengers again.

I wouldn't be suprised if this movie kills it at the box office. They had a ridiculous amount of marketing. Literally every city our family visited in Europe had Mad Max ads or billboards.

If this is what too much Happy Feet does, every director needs to work on some family friendly movies for a decade or so. Who should be next, Tim Burton? He could use a break from whatever he's been doing in his last couple films.

I want to see it, just for that car that's made of mostly speakers driven by that guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached. Like it's literally powered by rock-n-roll!

Saw it last night. Really has'd be seen to comprehend. The critics are correct to say this is something we literally haven't seen in mainstream, film for many years. It's gruesome, dark and hits issues that I think some would say don't even fit inan R-rating. It's a truly rated R film like we used to see. The visuals are just completely insane. Like others it took me some time to diffuse after watching it. It packs a lot of depth for a film that's basically one long chase scene. Kind of like snow Piercer. A lot of directors can't tell a good story without pausing in the action, but George Miller however did. There's even a weird seeming nod to The Dark Crystal.

Charlize Theron definitely steals the show. In a way it feels like she's the main character and Mad max is just the viewer watching this movie happen. The film feels more like a look into this big world of the post Apocalypse than just a Mad max film. The cast is in the thousands. This is not just a few cars and a battle in the desert. Idk. Rottentomatoes has it at 99% out of 180+ critic reviews now whatever I'm saying about this film is pretty redundant. Oh and yes the song from battle Royale is in the film.

Speaking of Battle Royale, on a side note

"He wanted the film to be almost a continuous chase, with relatively little dialogue, and to have the visuals come first.[27] Paraphrasing Hitchcock, Miller said that he wanted the film to be understood in Japan without the use of subtitles." - Wiki

If you're a fan of asian cinema you will be really pleased. This is almost a homage to crazy asian movies like Battle Royale.

It may be R-Rated, and it shure is brutal, but it´s interesting how, with the exception of one delightful scene
at the end, it avoids splatter just for the kicks of it.

Chuppi:
It may be R-Rated, and it shure is brutal, but it´s interesting how, with the exception of one delightful scene
at the end, it avoids splatter just for the kicks of it.

I'm sure it was that singular scene that pushed it from a 13 to an R. Although there was also that one scene where something extremely grisly is happening just off screen, and you only see the guy who's performing the action. Another brilliant scene, by the way. There's so many wonderful narrative details peppered throughout. Like, you could tell by his complete indifference to what he was actually doing that he's probably done this a lot.

piscian:
Charlize Theron definitely steals the show. In a way it feels like she's the main character and Mad max is just the viewer watching this movie happen. The film feels more like a look into this big world of the post Apocalypse than just a Mad max film.

It works for Max as a character though, because he has no real shits to give or reason to hope. He's just surviving for the sake of it. This time he's caught in a war between Immortan Joe and Furiosa, tomorrow he'll run into another gang of crazies trying to kill eachother.

Darth_Payn:
I want to see it, just for that car that's made of mostly speakers driven by that guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached. Like it's literally powered by rock-n-roll!

That guitar-shredding guy actually pumped me up (and I was just sitting in my seat) so I can see it having the same effect on the other guys. Every time you see the convoy you hear the drums and guitar shredding like crazy and I am there like 'FUCK YEAH GO GET EM!'

Even my girlfriend's complete distaste for this movie and the harsh rain we had to walk through after seeing Mad Max could not pepper my intense excitement and love for this movie.

Y'know what I think is the best thing I got from this? Here is finally a movie that really respects action, who dares to show action for action's sake. I thought John Wick was just going to be a fluke, but y'know what; after Kingsman and Fury Road, it might just not be. Who knows, maybe we're in an action movie Renaissance.

Objectable:
With the release of this latest Mad Max, did we finally, at long last,

It's a shame. The 1st 1/2 of Thunderdome is terrific. It only "jumps the shark" at the very end of the Thunderdome scene into the rest of the movie. What should be a hard R movie turns into a kiddie film.

Casual Shinji:

Tom Hardy is no real replacement for Mel Gibson

He played it differently. Mel was cool. Hardy is real and tortured.

Still, I want to see another one of these. I had an absolute blast. I held my breath during that whole first scene with Max in a mask. I call BS on the stuff with the medical stuff with Theron at the end.

Darth_Payn:
I want to see it, just for that car that's made of mostly speakers driven by that guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached. Like it's literally powered by rock-n-roll!

Me and my buddy that just saw this literally laughed out loud with pleasure seeing this guy! Surreal! Great visusals! I almost wish I saw it in 3D

Hey, anyone else get a kick out of realizing the wild kid was the young Beast from the Xmen movies?

I really enjoyed this movie. Super great stuff. I love how the War Boys in their various incarnations have a code of behavior that is never described from A-Z but frequently referenced to fill us in and flesh them out. Some very quotable and awesome stuff in there. I only have a few niggles. I heard the film is pretty much one long chase scene, and that's fairly true. The problem was, at certain points in the film, I wasn't sure what part of the film we were on. I found myself wondering if we were getting near the climax and what I was supposed to be feeling. Maybe just a little more structure would have helped me out. Like, I get that we are trying to escape, but we were doing that half an hour ago, and I'm not sure what part of the story we're at anymore.

The ending makes no sense. In the space of one second they formulate a plan that makes no sense and then it works for no reason. It's ridiculous. This is the kind of thing that would usually send me into a rage, but it was hard to be mad at this movie over this.

I almost didn't mention this one for several reasons, but here goes. I read that bag-of-crazy Eve Enzler was consulted for this movie. So that naturally prejudiced me against the movie because I expected some irritating, out of place, two-legs-bad, sanctimonious derangement. And there was some of that in there. It sticks out like a sore thumb, of course. It's shoehorned in with utter contempt for subtlety or fitting the material or what's happening in the scene, of course. It's distracting and out of place in the way that random snippets of the "I Have A Dream" speech would be if spliced into Saving Private Ryan. Now I do wonder if I would have minded it less if I had not known going in to expect it. And I wonder which parts of that are actually appropriate for a movie with such wacky subject matter. But the attempt to wed fun and anti-fun must surely be misguided. And I'm mentioning it because 1) it took me out of the movie and 2) I'm wondering if anyone else found themselves enjoying the movie less because of this distraction. Hey, maybe this says more about me than about the movie's merits or demerits. But it made me roll my eyes and think "two-legs bad, got it. Weren't we watching a movie?" more than once.

Oh, and Max did not work for me. The movie was still awesome, but Max is only in this film at all to justify the title. See how easy it is to complain about what is probably the best action flick I have seen or will see in a long time?

pearcinator:

That guitar-shredding guy actually pumped me up (and I was just sitting in my seat) so I can see it having the same effect on the other guys. Every time you see the convoy you hear the drums and guitar shredding like crazy and I am there like 'FUCK YEAH GO GET EM!'

OT: Super stoked to see this when my next paycheck clears. Only one thing about the review bothers me: B-Movie is a term that refers exclusively to the (minimal) budget used to produce it. More correctly this would be classified as a campy action movie, as "camp" refers to a movie knowing what it is, not trying to be anything else, and approaching it with absolute sincerity despite the absurdity of its premise.

Gorfias:

Objectable:
With the release of this latest Mad Max, did we finally, at long last,

It's a shame. The 1st 1/2 of Thunderdome is terrific. It only "jumps the shark" at the very end of the Thunderdome scene into the rest of the movie. What should be a hard R movie turns into a kiddie film.

Should be a hard R movie? Is that why people dislike Thunderdome? I haven't seen it for a while but I remember liking it a lot. It seemed to have more than just action, which from what I've read places it directly opposite from Fury Road. Whatever you think of Thunderdome, not giving crowd-pleasing action for half a movie when it was expected takes balls, and Fury Road sounds like it only does what everyone expected and wanted it to do.

Gorfias:

Casual Shinji:

Tom Hardy is no real replacement for Mel Gibson

He played it differently. Mel was cool. Hardy is real and tortured.

Oh definately. I actually watched Mad Max 2 again the day after and Gibson is just much more charming in the role, but it works for that movie. Fury Road feels like an older, more lived in apocalypse and Max like a way more isolated scavenger. That opening shot of him standing in the midst of an endless wasteland with his head just being a mess of hair is the perfect set up for the character we end up seeing in the movie.

If there is going to be another movie though I have no idea how it could top this one, unless they bring in like planes and ships on wheels or whatever.

Blood Brain Barrier:

Gorfias:

Objectable:
With the release of this latest Mad Max, did we finally, at long last,

It's a shame. The 1st 1/2 of Thunderdome is terrific. It only "jumps the shark" at the very end of the Thunderdome scene into the rest of the movie. What should be a hard R movie turns into a kiddie film.

Should be a hard R movie? Is that why people dislike Thunderdome? I haven't seen it for a while but I remember liking it a lot. It seemed to have more than just action, which from what I've read places it directly opposite from Fury Road. Whatever you think of Thunderdome, not giving crowd-pleasing action for half a movie when it was expected takes balls, and Fury Road sounds like it only does what everyone expected and wanted it to do.

The 2nd half does have some action. And a terminal case of the cutes. I exaggerate to make a point: Imagine if in Rambo 4, Stallone discovers Oompa Loompas in the jungle and spends the rest of the movie making flower necklaces and candy. You'd be correct to wonder, WTF?!?!? Even if it were good, it has so radically changed in tone that the movie could be spoiled for you. That's what happened in Thunderdome for me and it is a shame. It was not the action that made the first half for me: it was a gritty take on a functioning but brutal future with parallels to our current global issues (MasterBlaster issues a fuel "embargo" when he doesn't get his way on something.)

Casual Shinji:

If there is going to be another movie though I have no idea how it could top this one, unless they bring in like planes and ships on wheels or whatever.

Good point about the end of this one. It's an explanation. As for what's next?

Who knows. But I think it can be done. The first 1/2 of Thunderdome was so good I didn't know where they could go from there (other than a remake that doesn't veer so dramatically in tone in the 2nd half).

My fingers are crossed. I'd love to have that much fun again soon.

Gorfias:
Good point about the end of this one. It's an explanation. As for what's next?

Who knows. But I think it can be done. The first 1/2 of Thunderdome was so good I didn't know where they could go from there (other than a remake that doesn't veer so dramatically in tone in the 2nd half).

My fingers are crossed. I'd love to have that much fun again soon.

Yeah, but Fury Road was so flipping huge and crazy it's a miracle it come out coherently at all (seriously, George Miller deserves the Oscar for Best Director for what he's been able to accomplish). If a sequel goes even bigger and crazier it'll just collapse under its own weight.

But for all we know Fury Road will bomb and we won't have to worry about that.

Casual Shinji:

But for all we know Fury Road will bomb and we won't have to worry about that.

I hope not. I'll be watching: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=furyroad.htm

Just got back from seeing it. Really, really good movie. What kept me on the edge of my seat and mesmerized wasn't so much the action (which is fantastic BTW) but just how unique and insane the world and its characters are. This is some of the coolest world building I've seen in a film and it's all done in the background of this giant frenetic chase scene. No long winded exposition, just classic visually story telling. It's what I loved about the original. The film never told you that there was a shortage in fuel and gasoline, or that there's an increase in violent gangs, it just shows you and lets you fill in the gaps. If Mad Max 2 defined what the modern post-apocalyptic film looks and feels like, Fury Road cranks it up and reinvents it into this almost Terry Gilliamesque insanity (although it does lose some of the more grounded and believable sensibility of the first film).

I also don't get the people who say this should be called the Furosa film. This film is as much about Furosa as it is about Max and Nux. She may have more spoken lines, but Max's character is presented through Tom Hardy's almost beast like physicality and behaviour and his wild and vivid hallucinations of his daughter. Not only that, but from the second film onwards, Max has also been part of a larger ensemble rather than hogging the main spot light. He's like the Man with No Name who stumbles right in the middle of a large mess and is surrounded by larger than life characters. He's defined by the people and crazies around him, rather than the other way around. This is as true in the Road Warrior as it is in Fury Road.

This film has ruined all other action films for me. Just as Ong Bak and Ip man ruined kung fu films too. Every future action film will judged by the bar that this has raised. The balance between believable, gritty action and over the top, is something beautifully mastered here. I mean, when the guitar shredding, flamethrower dude appeared, my first thought was not that it was at all unbelievable...it was just that this is exactly what mad max needed. Honestly, the first film I would say it didn't bother me at all with the lackluster plot direction. Great work, Mr Miller!

I went and saw it yesterday with my parents, and we loved it. My mom loves the Mad Max movies, except for Thunderdome, which she hated. I asked her afterwards if this was better than Thunderdome (which I never saw. I've only seen the first two,) and she told me that it doesn't even compare.

Darth_Payn:
I want to see it, just for that car that's made of mostly speakers driven by that guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached. Like it's literally powered by rock-n-roll!

what's cool about the guitar guy is that he is playing that on set, and the chase music that was put in post production go along together. that was awesome, and the detail was incredibly surprising. there is this scene later where Max is fighting on that platform and hitting guys with the guitar, but whenever he got a break, the guitar guy would get back on and start shredding and adding to the music of the scene, it was awesome.

Keiichi Morisato:

Darth_Payn:
I want to see it, just for that car that's made of mostly speakers driven by that guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached. Like it's literally powered by rock-n-roll!

what's cool about the guitar guy is that he is playing that on set, and the chase music that was put in post production go along together. that was awesome, and the detail was incredibly surprising. there is this scene later where Max is fighting on that platform and hitting guys with the guitar, but whenever he got a break, the guitar guy would get back on and start shredding and adding to the music of the scene, it was awesome.

I was cheering for that guy so hard.

Casual Shinji:

piscian:
Charlize Theron definitely steals the show. In a way it feels like she's the main character and Mad max is just the viewer watching this movie happen. The film feels more like a look into this big world of the post Apocalypse than just a Mad max film.

It works for Max as a character though, because he has no real shits to give or reason to hope. He's just surviving for the sake of it. This time he's caught in a war between Immortan Joe and Furiosa, tomorrow he'll run into another gang of crazies trying to kill eachother.

Except that's not MM at all. This is not a Mad Max movie. Replacing Max Rockatansky with a nameless badass mook along for Furiosa's ride would have lost you nothing in the movie. The Mad Max movies were about Max's personal journey through the post apocalyptic world and how every time he was truly presented with a choice to try and stop major atrocity he did so, fail or succeed. Still a good movie of course, but Miller really should have pulled a Ridley Scott and made it an AU.

I thought the film was freaggin boring, the action was one big chase scene over and over again and the characters weren't really that memorable whether they be hero or villian

Gorfias:
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Still, I want to see another one of these.

Spoilers Of A Sort:

Haven't seen it yet but I will say that the kind of ending your talking about here wouldn't work for Max. Part of his whole schtick is that he's not just surviving day to day, but that he's truly broken inside due to what happened to his wife, and the community he once protected, and it's important to understand how he probably sees all these other bands and societies compared to where he started.

I haven't seen this one yet, but at the end of the day remember a big key to Mad Max is that he usually becomes most effective when he has something to finally care about, whether it's trying to save a gas producing community (that actually screw him as a decoy) or protecting a tribe of kids. At the end of the day though it never can actually repair what broke inside of him. He's not the kind of guy that is likely to say "hey, gorgeous babes, I'll stay here, have great group sex, and become a slightly more benevolent kind of warlord", most people would, and that would fit a stand alone movie featuring a new character and meant to be self contained, but not Max, which they probably want to spin into a franchise.

See, the end of the series, the finale so to speak, would likely be Max falling in love again and healing the hole in his heart, and presumably retiring to, or managing to form something close to the old pre-apocalypse civilization. In that way you could see all the violence and insanity in between as a sort of metaphor for the rage of a man who lost everything despite it being "Real" in the context of the story, before finally ending when he find a way to get over it like most people wouldn't. Given that Mad Max always "wins" and walks away at the end leaving behind a legend, it's not a totally grim series since he always succeeds despite the odds, the ending would be when finally he feels healed enough not to walk away and the story ends with him just being "Max" again so to speak.

I won't say Mad Max is exactly a deep character, if anything he's pretty much just another version of the lone wandering ronin or gun fighter with a tragic past, but he's well done for what he is. The brilliant thing about Max though is that like Batman he's designed to be so damaged that you can do a nearly infinite number of stories with him, and technically you don't even need to end the series since him walking off leaving behind legends ever more can also sort of fit things, though I do expect one day they might end the series. If they do, they could always have Mel Gibson do it since he's an old man now.

I'll see the movie tomorrow, but that's my thoughts based on what I'm reading. I'd be very surprised if they had Mad Max retire with a bunch of female wasteland warriors, and would argue it didn't fit the character or what makes him tick. Something I'd expect the guy who made Mad Max to get, and apparently he does.

ravenshrike:

Casual Shinji:
It works for Max as a character though, because he has no real shits to give or reason to hope. He's just surviving for the sake of it. This time he's caught in a war between Immortan Joe and Furiosa, tomorrow he'll run into another gang of crazies trying to kill eachother.

Except that's not MM at all. This is not a Mad Max movie. Replacing Max Rockatansky with a nameless badass mook along for Furiosa's ride would have lost you nothing in the movie. The Mad Max movies were about Max's personal journey through the post apocalyptic world and how every time he was truly presented with a choice to try and stop major atrocity he did so, fail or succeed. Still a good movie of course, but Miller really should have pulled a Ridley Scott and made it an AU.

Like I said, it's a different Max. One that's been surviving in a second generation wasteland. Who's mind and morals have deteriorated far more due to isolation.

It's sort of an impossible question to answer whether Fury Road Max is a genuine Max, because up untill this point the character was simply Mel Gibson playing a nameless badass. There's not much to the actual character beyond what the actor portraying him brings to the character.

The world this time also feels so much larger that it feels appropriate for the movie to be about more than just Max.

And you say 'alternative universe', but honestly the Mad Max movies have never had a coherent time line or structure. Kind of like the Evil Dead series, each movie just goes and does its own thing.

Saw this the opening night! Loved all the previous Mad Max movies - Yes including Thunderdome I don't know why it cops the shit it gets - And I would rate Fury Road just a little under Road Warrior. Balls to the wall carnage loved every moment. Recommend it to everyone.

ravenshrike:

Casual Shinji:

piscian:
Charlize Theron definitely steals the show. In a way it feels like she's the main character and Mad max is just the viewer watching this movie happen. The film feels more like a look into this big world of the post Apocalypse than just a Mad max film.

It works for Max as a character though, because he has no real shits to give or reason to hope. He's just surviving for the sake of it. This time he's caught in a war between Immortan Joe and Furiosa, tomorrow he'll run into another gang of crazies trying to kill eachother.

Except that's not MM at all. This is not a Mad Max movie. Replacing Max Rockatansky with a nameless badass mook along for Furiosa's ride would have lost you nothing in the movie. The Mad Max movies were about Max's personal journey through the post apocalyptic world and how every time he was truly presented with a choice to try and stop major atrocity he did so, fail or succeed. Still a good movie of course, but Miller really should have pulled a Ridley Scott and made it an AU.

I'm going to disagree with you there. This is very much a Mad Max movie. Remember Fury Road is set between Mad Max and Road Warrior. At the end of Mad Max he avenges his family by raining hell upon Toe Cutter and his gang and then drives out into the badlands. At this point he's a shell of a man living one day to the next.
By the time Road Warrior has come along Max is still living each day as they come, however there's more to it than that. He's actually willing to help and interact with people. This is where Fury Road steps in and acts as a bridge between the point where Max is just existing for survival's sake and the point where he begins to give a shit again.
And despite the fact that Max does take a back seat in this film, this is still a very personal journey for him because up until the moment he meets Furiosa and the girls he was already taking a back seat within his very existence allowing himself to animalistically live eat day for survival.

Therumancer:
He's not the kind of guy that is likely to say "hey, gorgeous babes, I'll stay here, have great group sex, and become a slightly more benevolent kind of warlord",

I was kidding a little about what I wrote earlier but..

So far, it is doing better than other action movies I loved, like the new Judge Dredd. Fingers are still crossed: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=furyroad.htm

Saw it last night - loved it

One of the things I particularly liked (and I'm not spoiling anything here) is how they world-built and how they used the terrain itself as a proper hazard.

In the older movies the supply of fuel was never explained. Raiders in the middle of the desert still need fuel. Where does that come from? In this movie, this is addressed.

Similarly, then the fact that a post-apoc world's terrain is salty and impossible to develop for agriculture is addressed as an issue. It helped flesh out the movie setting and explain character motivations.

All in all: Its awesome

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