Edited by mcnooj82 - 5/7/15 at 8:06am
how was the crowd?
My crowd sucked. I was the only one freaking out. I think some people were simply caught off guard by how breathlessly it barrels forward. One guy near me seemed utterly stoic for the entire runtime, only to explode into a standing ovation when it ended.
Can't wait to see it a few more times this summer. It'll be the first time I go back to a movie multiple times during its first run since Speed Racer.
Well as you've seen in the trailers, one of the cars carries a band that occasionally is literally mickey-mousing the mayhem diegetically. That's frequentyl amazing, especially when Max grabs hold of the guitar and is slamming it into War Boys.
The main theme hook (that you can hear some of the trailers) is a bit of an ear-worm, even though its just a repetitive looping crescendo of notes followed in between drum beats. I kept humming it and pantomiming the drum beats on the way home.
Oh, the movie also makes use of Verdi. It ain't just in the trailer for nothing.
Theron is indeed amazing in this, but I think it was Nicholas Hoult who really surprised me. He's the heart of the movie.
Glad to hear the good word of mouth about Hoult. Always been a fan of the guy. Saw Warm Bodies recently and he elevated the fuck out of a film that really was only so-so.
8 more days...8 more days.
Don't expect a similar transcendent catharsis, plus this film is pretty much the anti-Speed Racer with regards to its economy of story-telling (there's maybe 15 minutes of plot in this film), but there's the similar elegance to the execution of its profoundly singular vision.
It's nice to see a film surprise you with its visuals in this age of samey CG spectacle.
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My crowd clapped a few times - end of the storm chase sequence,
But man, this fucking movie. This is this year's auterist blockbuster, no question. By any rights this should launch Theron to, like, Cruise or Ford-level action stardom. She's the goods here. And Hardy's terrific too, I think my favorite bit with him wasWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Great stuff. Gonna be seeing this again opening weekend with a bunch of friends who are all Mad Max mega-fans who are actually gonna dress up for it. Can't wait to see them completely lose their minds with joy.
Another thing that I completely loved about the movie...
...that Tom Hardy sounds dubbed the whole time. And it clearly can't be anything but intentional since everyone else sounds like production audio. What few lines Max has is blatantly ADR'ed by Hardy to sound like he's getting over a 1000 year old sore throat. It's like the delight of listening to Bane again!
I hated Hardy as Max, but maybe I'm just a Gibson-as-Max loyalist. Otherwise, I thought the film was brilliance. Some of the most inventive, energetic and uniquely personal epic filmmaking I think I've ever seen. And yes, agreed that Theron steals the show. There's a good reason why she's favored in all the promotional key art: She owns this movie.
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Does it still end with Tom Hardy giving a voice-over that makes Max sound like Batman? "But I will disappear... into the shadows..."
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No, it just ends with him vanishing into the crowd after a last exchange of looks with Furiosa. But he does have the opening voiceover.
Ugh. I'm already in withdrawal. Seeing the film has only made me re-watch the trailers over and over, and listen to the preview selections of the OST on iTunes on a loop (really great score!).
I need to return to the Wasteland.
This must be what those depressed AVATAR fans went through.
It's not exactly a radical text, but the film manages to avoid depicting the women as victims despite them being former captives (remarkably, considering the subject matter, there's no sexual violence, either on-screen or inferred). Furthermore, Furiosa is never once positioned as a romantic foil for Max (they function as a platonic team), and she frequently demonstrates herself to be the more capable warrior, a fact that Max recognizes without any condescension or emasculating anxiety. In short, it shows more sensitivity and consideration towards the representation of women and sexual violence then these kind of films (including the previous Mad Max films) usually do.
Then there's that wonderful bit with the sniper rifle.
Miller's been quoted a lot on the junket claiming to be inspired by that old Hitchcock chestnut about making a visual film that can play anywhere without subtitles, and though I feel like he's always been that kind of director (you can watch The Road Warrior with the sound off, and understand all the stakes and character relationships), it really comes through in this one.
Now that I've been thinking about it, I think the only thing I'm really disappointed in, is that I'm pretty sure there are no patented Miller "bug-eyes".
EDIT: Scratch that, there may have been one in the flashback flash frames...
I honestly think Hardy probably didn't actually have nice sentiments about Suicide Squad, but decided to mask it with fake British slang to appear polite.
EDIT: Though based on that reddit thread, there does seem to be an origin of the expression.