I saw this yesterday and was pretty disappointed at the lack of character development and story arc, compared to Road Warrior. I didn't care what happened to anybody because we never even got to see any multifaceted character development or backstory at all. Even humungous, being evil, still showed a different side to his character once or twice, and in RW there were lots of quick anecdotal stuff happening that filled you in on the characters personality, motivation, and history. Not so much in Fury Road, just my $.02
I will agree that the villains were way more 2 dimensional in this film than any previous Mad Max, but to be fair, the story about Furiosa and the girls, which could have easily been a complete fucking disaster, was handled pretty well for a movie that was basically just an excuse to blow up some cars and toss some stuntmen around.
True. I swear though, half of Tom Script must have looked like this:
FURIOSA: So will you help us?!?
MAX: Grunt...grunt grunt! (unintelligable)
I ate some halluinogens and watched in 3D in the front row. Like, nothing much, just a cap, and had a few beers. So I loved it, and every time it slowed down enough for me to figure out what was going on I was thinking "I don't really need this.." Max's backstory is the one from the first Mad Max, but I kind of liked the fast paced and overwhelming linear action with no backstory. It's kind of like the opposite of Homer's Illiad: you get all these back stories for all these people, and then they all die and have nothing to do with the story's progression. I dunno, like Boba Fett, I think the back stories about all these colorful characters will be written over time, even they were only there for a minute or two.
I thought it was somewhat entertaining but didn't leave much of an impression on me otherwise and I still don't get the hype. I don't know if backstory is necessary, but the best action movies usually at least have some memorable lines and scenery chewing. Fedex's dialogue example isn't an exaggeration.
I feel bad about possible "spoilers" but this isn't exactly one of those movies where you don't expect somewhat of an occam's razor M Night Shamamamalanafsh twist, but...
my favorite scene in a film with more badass action and mopeds and flaming double guitar dudes than most movies is where Max just goes off camera and does his thing while the ladies are waiting around.
Yeah I plan on seeing it again in the theatre, but I'm just going to put together a nice mix for my mp3 player and listen to that on headphones. Throughout college I always knew someone who worked at a movie theatre so I never paid, and that's what I'd always do. I remember getting high and watching Jet Li's The One, listening to the (then) new Venetian Snares and it was actually pretty awesome.
I said it before, but it's kind of like Avatar, which has a similar metacritic score, even though it's an easy movie to pick apart. I didn't see it in theatres, but everyone I talked to who did was like a combination of "holy shit that was beautiful" and "holy shit that was the cheesiest story I've seen in a long time." "But, see it in theatres; it's a fucking movie boner if you ignore the plot.." sort of thing. And to me it just looked like a cinematic from new Unreal game so I passed.. not my thing. But what my thing is is everything that Mad Max has to offer visually.
The first 45-60 minutes is one of the best action movies ever; the closest we've come to a Warhammer 40k movie WITH CARS! A lot of the fun was the fantastic detail that went into designing the cars and the cult. You're just bombarded with new crazy shit the cult does at the beginning and it's tons of fun.
It really dropped off after that though (around the time Max starts riding with the chicks). It's kind of hard to pin down but I'll try:
- Max taking his cue from the Christian Bale school of Batman acting.
- Guns. The fun of Road Warrior movies is the improvised post apocalyptic weapons they come up with. Dart guns, crossbows, whatever they had raided from a sporting goods store. Those explosive spears were great. Guns and bullets were supposed to be this super rare thing brought out for the very end. As soon as Max joins up with the women, everyone busts out a gun and the fun dropped off as they were just picking people off with rifles.
- Max's overdone PTSD hallucinations. To this day I still say the greatest portrayal of PTSD in a movie is the split second of the dream sequence from The Descent. Brevity and sublet.
- The redeemed cultist. It's not that the women overshadowed Max, it's that EVERYONE did. Then the cultist scrub suddenly becomes a major character for no other reason than they needed a 3rd character to tack on a "redemption" arc. They could have done the same thing, and had a lot more fun doing so, if they had just kept him as an eager to please, suicidal Wile E. Coyote who keeps getting his martyrdom thwarted for the entire movie. Then at the end, he's the only cultist left alive and COULD kill Max/Furioso when they pull into Citadel, but he's cheered by the crowd and whisked away as a hero which is all he ever wanted.
The bungee pole dudes at the end were cool, but they never recaptured the high point of the first 45 minutes.
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