Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

This is coming late: I saw Fury Road about a month ago now. I, um, don’t have much to say about it because it was pretty much what it said on the tin. I’ve been telling people it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to River Tam Beats Up Everyone, except with Charlize Theron instead of Summer Glau.

I’m not an action movie person, I guess. Fury Road was basically three thirty minute action scenes with ten minute breaks, and that was…fine, but didn’t really do much for me. I’m not enough of a connoisseur to really say what kind of action movie it was (car chase? usually those need the backdrop of a city), but if you don’t like action movies, Fury Road probably isn’t going to be the one that changes your mind. Even if it’s well-executed.

Fury Road didn’t really spend any effort on world-building; it had a world, but you basically just took it for granted, and there were plot holes you could drive a…never mind. I haven’t seen the original three Mad Max films, but I got the impression that it wouldn’t really have mattered. (The War Boys aren’t returning villains or anything.)

In retrospect I noticed some things that Fury Road did well. Furiosa wasn’t the lone powerful woman here; both the Wives and the Mothers were depicted as strong and capable.1 More than that, though, the Wives are mostly not sexualized, when in many other movies they would be. There were also little details I enjoyed a lot, like the “tree thing”.

But I don’t know why it’s being hailed as the best action movie ever, though it was a well-executed one.

The guitar guy was funny and awesome once but ended up feeling repetitive and trite. Yeah, I said it.

"It's Furi-O-sa, not Furio-SA."

  1. Unrealistically so? Well, it’s the unpracticed Wives and the aging Mothers against the fanatic and sickly War Boys. Also, it’s an action movie. ↩︎