There’s not much to say about MAD MAX: Fury Road (2015) that hasn’t already been said, so I’m not even going to try. Suffice to say, both TYG and I loved it. Creating amazingly real F/X is so normal these days, it’s been a long while since an SF movie’s visuals actually impressed me. This one delivered — it’s an insanely strange-looking desert trek as Max and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) struggle to get a local warlord’s wives somewhere they and their kids can live free. It’s also astonishingly fast moving—when I checked my watch I couldn’t believe an hour had already flown by. That’s some fine filmmaking.
•Furiosa’s missing arm isn’t discussed at all. No history, no tragedy, no vows of vengeance on whoever cut it off, it’s just a fact of her life. That seems like a nice break from stereotype.
•There’s a real mix of women in this: young and pretty, hardboiled and old and tough.
•The film has caused a number of anti-women men to freak out over the film for showing a very tough protagonist in Theron and thereby implying a woman can, in fact, kick ass.