This film is incredible. It’s been 30 years since the last Mad Max film, but it was well worth the wait. George Miller, director of Happy Feet 1 and 2 and Babe: Pig in the City, but more importantly the previous Mad Max films, has crafted a true modern day masterpiece in this new film. It’s truly that good.
Fury Road has a simple premise. Drive away from the bad guys and survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Make that a very simple premise. But the way it is shot, the way it is acted, the effects, the stunts, the locations and the wickedly-compelling characters more than make up for this and bulk out the plot so that it feels more complex and in depth. All these elements come together to form an amazing ensemble character piece set among whirlwind action set pieces.
And playing those incredible characters are Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, the two main stars. Hardy had big boots to fill in a role that made Mel Gibson a star, but he fills those boots to the brim with charisma. His accent may be a bit strange at times, but as Max speaks more through facial expressions, nods and grunts, it doesn’t matter too much. But though the film is called Mad Max, the true star of the film is Theron as Furiosa, a tough female warlord whose actions kick the plot into gear. Theron shines here, both as a fleshed out, emotionally driven character and an all out badass who can do whatever she wants. She compliments Hardy’s Max so well, especially in a night time sniping scene where they play off each other brilliantly.
Director George Miller brings all this together wonderfully, with breathtaking locations and even more stunning action scenes. Some of the stunts, most of which are practical, look incredible. Most films would just CGI scenes like this. But not this film. Which makes so much difference it’s unreal. Or more real. Either one. It’s hard to describe how awesome it is.
Watch this film. Simple. It’s the right thing to do. Mad Max: Fury Road is an epic, operatic action film that hearkens back to the spirit of 80’s action movies but modernises them in wicked ways. Hands down, best film of 2015.
JACK’S SCORE: 5/5