Mad Max: Fury Road

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The fourth in the Mad Max franchise. Guns and cars, what else do you need to know?

Now, I must confess: I’ve never seen either the original Mad Max nor the sequel, Road Warrior. Yes, I know, I know, they’re on my list, okay? Back off, I’m warning you…

And although I had never seen the first two, in 1985 Mr. Otter and I went to see Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and both really liked it. So I did have some idea what to expect.

That’s why when this movie came out, we were very interested, for many reasons:

  1. Better special effects. Yes, Thunderdome did have a good budget, and (for the time) amazing special effects. But this movie? WOW. Just WOW. Explosions, car crashes, chases, body mods, you name it. Wow.
  2. No Mel Gibson. Now, he was fine in the first three Mad Max movies, but not only is he getting a little long in the tooth, and way too full of himself, but he is a total nutcase in real life, and I really don’t enjoy even seeing him on the screen any more. I don’t usually worry about what actors do away from the camera or let it keep me from seeing good movies, but in Mr. Gibson’s case I’m willing to make an exception.
  3. Charlize Theron, who is AWESOME.
  4. All the mysogynistic assholes who started ranting about this movie as soon as it came out. Here’s a scathing post on the controversy. We Chez Rees were glad to plonk down our hard-earned money to support women kicking ass and taking names, you damn betcha.
  5. Fun. All the reviews said this movie was just a whole lot of fun to watch.

I was also interested to see how they would manage replacing an icon like Mel Gibson in a new entry into the series, since there are a lot of continuing series where the actors are getting a bit long in the tooth to keep making the same kind of movies. No, Bruce Willis, I am not actually pointing my finger at you, but if the shoe fits…

And I have to say, I was very pleased. Sure, there are plot holes you could drive a souped-up Cadillac with spiked hubcaps and a jet engine through, but damn it was good. Charlize Theron was awesome, and carried her share of the plot and then some. There was an actual story that sort of made sense, a bonus for action movies. The special effects were AWESOME, and there was a lot of OH MY GOD WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN? suspense. The bad guys were very bad, and it was a joy to see them go down. And Tom Hardy was good as the 21st century Mad Max; he was a good action hero, and not so eye-catching that he detracted from Charlize Theron. I’m sorry this movie terrified so many stupid men, but truly it was a joy to see women being intelligent and capable action heroes.

The otter loved this movie, you will too!

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