Mad Max: Fury Road - 2 Stars
Mad Max: Fury Road is a spectacle – it looks amazing, but it lacks in plot.
I’ve never seen any of the original Mad Max films, so I was unsure what to expect. From my understanding I’m sure that fans of the original trilogy will love this film. While it’s gaining favourable reviews worldwide I honestly can’t see the appeal.
The first 20 minutes are some of the most boring scenes I’ve seen in years. These scenes are coupled with the fact that there is hardly any dialogue in the film, so for the first quarter of the film I had no clear idea of what was going on. There is a very lose story surrounding this film and after those first 20 minutes it wasn’t difficult to understand, but the whole thing was unjustified. There was no explanation of any of the story, which makes tough viewing.
Visually this film looks great. There are lots of big explosions, fancy trucks and clever costumes/make up and masks. While many people are focusing on that aspect you can’t make a film of the visuals.
3 people are credited for the script, as there would be about 10 minutes of dialogue in a 2 hour film I feel the word “story outline” would’ve been more appropriate. The people who deserve the most credit are the stunt designers/performers and the visual effects team, as this movie mainly consists of fight sequences.
As this is an Australian production I expect many Australian actors to be involved – of the top 8-credited cast only 2 are Australians. This is very disappointing and to be honest this film didn’t need its star power of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, as they really didn’t add anything to the film.
Overall Mad Max: Fury Road is something I’m sure original Mad Max fans will enjoy, but to me this is boring, violent and the plot is unjustified – making it a wholly unenjoyable experience.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment