Well that was pretty fucking amazing.
I really, really liked Hardy's Max by the end of the movie. Wasn't sure about it at first. But it fits the opening voiceover so well - he is a creature of instinct, doing whatever it takes to survive. He's almost an animal, reduced to grunts instead of dialogue in many places. And actually Mad from the things he's seen and done in his past. He doesn't even give himself a name - until the end. When he finally tells Furiosa his name, you can see himself accepting his humanity again. He's a whole person again.
Mel's Max had a similar arc, but he was more just a selfish/heartless bastard in Road Warrior rather than an animal.
My God, Max is a death machine in this. The bit where he disappears in the fog to take care of the tank-car absolutely killed me. It's like George Miller said "We know how this is going to end, we don't need to show it so let's just get on with things."
Furiosa? Wow. Toe-to-toe with Max. Every step of the way. That opening fight is an all-timer.
So much detail! So much world! So much backstory I want to know! I so want to find out more about Gastown and the Bullet Farm and what kinda crazy shit is going on back in those places. And what happens after they find out Max took out their Mayors or whatever. And holy shit, those stilt-walkers in the Bog? WTF?
I love how Miller keeps taking elements from the previous Max films and re-purposes their ideas/imagery in new ways each iteration. This is how you make things "rhyme". Things that occurred to me:
- Citadel = refinery (oasis in the middle of the wasteland)
- Immortan Joe = Humungous / Auntie Entity - warlord / quasi-religious figure (more of a story need for a big baddie than anything)
-War Rig = Tanker
- Little guy and Rictus 2nd in command of Citadel = Master & Blaster
- Furiosa = the Warrior Woman (except she didn't die & was way more effective)
- children stranded in desert & taken to salvation = the Vuluvani
Maybe it's just the same kinds of archetypes popping up in classical storytelling, but there were so many things here that immediately reminded me of the previous films in new and interesting ways.
Have I mentioned the cinematography yet? When someone said "Lawrence of the Wasteland" they were'nt far off. Every frame beautiful.
Phew, I think that's it for now. Just had to get it all out.
I was about 1/2 way through a Road Warrior rewatch when I browsed the showtimes for Fury Road, and said "fuck it, I can't wait any more!" Now trying to watch the second half will... dare I say it... pale in comparison. George Miller you magnificent bastard, only you could top your own movie.
Edited by Somewhere - 5/14/15 at 10:44pm