Mad Max: Fury Road is not the movie you'd expect after the three very masculine Mad Max movies that came before it, but it's the Mad Max movie we needed.
While arguably Tom Hardy's titular Max is side-lined by Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa, it's done for a good reason - to give Max something pure to fight for and alongside. Women are not treated kindly in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, and whereas Max has no drive (excuse the pun), nor any ideology, Furiosa has a dream and a mission; to get these young women and their babies to safety in the Green Place.
While the men in the story have a singular mission, the women in the story work together. And honestly, it's wonderful.
With fantastic cinematography, production design, stunt work and choreography, Mad Max: Fury Road sets itself apart from other action movies of the 2010s.
Quite simply, this movie is the bread and butter of why Verbal Diorama is here. It's feminist, it's bold, it has beauty in its imperfections, but mostly it's just a celebration of great practical effects and George Miller's striking visuals and vision.
Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!
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