SUMMARY: In this new entry of the Mad Max franchise, “Mad” Max Rockatanksy (Tom Hardy) helps Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and five brides escape from the clutches of cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) in the deserts of post-apocalyptic Australia.
ANALYSIS: In this age of oversaturated visual effects, director George Miller decides to go back to his roots in this installment of the Mad Max franchise. This includes using practical effects instead of CGI this time around. This decision may have been for the best as this is a well executed action film. I thought Kingsman: The Secret Service had the best action scenes of the year (the church scene stands out the most). I think that honor belongs to Fury Road at the moment thanks to its well-choreographed action scenes. Not only that, Fury Road also makes great use of its cinematography. The film uses its location so well, it becomes a character in itself. The film’s use of practical effects is a sight for sore eyes in this age of CGI. While many studios use (or overuse in this case) visual effects as a crutch for lackluster storytelling, Fury Road uses visual effects to enhance its storytelling.
While the action scenes are great, the movie has a great use of character development. Tom Hardy fits the role of “Mad” Max Rockatansky like a glove. Only time will tell if it’s iconic as Mel Gibson’s portrayal of the same character in the earlier movies. Hardy deserves more leading roles in my honest opinion. I’ve always admired Charlize Theron as an actress but her portrayal of Imperator Furiosa might be among her best roles. She has so much of a screen presence, it would have been her movie if “Mad Max” wasn’t in the title. Her character of Imperator is a very strong and well developed one with many layers besides being just a badass action girl. Not only are the two leads well developed but also the supporting characters as well. Fury Road’s emphasis on storytelling is what makes it a great film instead of just being a good one.
CONCLUSION: Not only is Fury Road just as good as its predecessors but also surpasses them in some ways. I’ve noticed that great writing is making a comeback not only in action movies but also in other genres as well. This is a trend I want to see in other movies.