10 reasons why you should watch “Mad Max: Fury Road”

I’m probably a little late at posting this since the movie came out a few weeks ago, but let me say – IT. IS. AMAZING. I feel morally obligated to share this with all of you.

The trailers definitely never did the movie justice. I initially wanted to watch it because it looked so bad, that it would be entertaining (“Mortal Kombat,” anyone?). When I saw the 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating, I was in disbelief and wondered what it made it that good. I mean, c’mon, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” didn’t get that, and I’m obsessed with Marvel’s franchises.

I should start by saying that I finally got to experience VIP at Cineplex for the first time. It is pretty damn luxurious and while costly, it is worth trying it out on a Tuesday night where it’s only $13.50 versus the regular $24+tax. Food is expensive, but I was already there and so I splurged a little (okay, a LOT). The chairs are incredibly comfy and it’s very spacious. Definitely worth the price of admission.

A funny side note is that VIP requires 19+ and when we went into the lounge area, my group was carded and my ID was annoyingly stuck in the card compartment. The funny part was that the guy only carded us because he thought I looked under 19 (the rest of them he didn’t question) and I was struggling to get my ID out.

Okay, back to the movie!

If you weren’t already aware, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a part of the “Mad Max” film franchise that once starred Mel Gibson. Fun fact: Tina Turner was the villain in one of the sequels.

George Miller is the mastermind behind this glorious film. It’s so action-packed that you feel like if you take a second to sip your drink, you’ll miss something. It’s incredibly intense for a two-hour film that at times, I kid you not, I felt like I was sweating because my body was so tense from the film. I had to remind myself to blink a few times throughout as well. The acting is really great, especially from Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (who is one of my favourite actresses). There is actually very little speaking in the movie itself, but it’s the emotions you feel conveyed by these characters that really helps carry the film beyond just your typical action flick.

One of the things that stood out the most in the film is the strong female characters. While I don’t want to preach to the choir and talk all about feminism, as a female, it’s refreshing to see women portrayed in something other than the damsel in distress. Instead of women being seen as competing with one another and being catty, they’re seen in this movie as trying to help one another to succeed and survive. While I don’t think George Miller purposely set out to make this a feminist film, he definitely did something right with having female characters that you can actually respect and root for.

Without blabbering on for too much longer (and without spoiling anything), here are 10 reasons why you should watch “Mad Max” asap:

1. The gorgeous visuals throughout the film were inspiring. I wish I had a mind like George Miller’s to create a world like that. I guess it helped that their backdrop was South Africa.

2. Tom Hardy as Mad Max. His portrayal of Mad Max was impressive and while his accent is often an issue in movies (the on and off British accent), his acting itself is convincing and powerful. You don’t get a lot of back story to his character, and yet, you still feel for his character and what he’s going through emotionally.

3. Nicholas Hoult as Nux. From a pathetic follower to turning a new leaf, it can be hard to play a character that audience can easily hate upon first impression, but later on, convince them is actually good deep down. I’m used to seeing him play more shy, reserved characters (Beast in “X-Men” or R in “Warm Bodies”), so it was surprising to see him play such a manic character.

4. The Wives. While it’s easy to cast five beautiful women and turn them into pure eye candy for a film, George Miller wanted more out of them than just a pretty face who stands there. Thank god. I was rooting for the Wives the entire movie – especially Splendid (played by Rosie Huntington-Whitely) and Capable (played by Riley Keough). They didn’t play the damsels in distress or use their looks to dupe the enemy. Instead, they got dirty and fought. They didn’t just sit around and wait for Furiosa and Max to be their saviors. No. They were every bit a part of the fight.

5. Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe. Oh my god. This villain is so disgusting, revolting, hateful, putrid… It was perfect.

6. Furiosa’s former clan. The women in this clan may have been older, but you definitely shouldn’t count them out for a fight. They were so incredibly bad ass and the action scenes with them were probably my favourite.

7. The music. What movie would be complete without the music. It’s so heavily rock driven, which I definitely have a love for, and it fit so well with the movie. I’ve downloaded the soundtrack because I enjoyed it that much. Maybe I’ll run to it, if I ever run (I hate running).

8. The cars/trucks demolishing each other. I love a really good car chase. Even more than that, I love a really good car chase with explosions and a whole lot of wreckage. The more wreckage, the better. What that says about me, I have no idea.

9. The guitarist that everyone keeps talking about. So, online, people keep talking about this guitarist who plays on a truck throughout the film. When I saw it, I was just like “O.M.G. this is pure awesomeness”. It doesn’t make any sense, but it doesn’t matter. It’s so rock ‘n’ roll and I loved it.

10. Last, but definitely not least, Charlize Theron as Furiosa. Charlize’s portrayal of Furiosa is very reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver’s performance in “Alien” – a film I watched as a child and loved (yeah, I don’t know why my parents allowed me to watch that…). If you’ve never watched “Alien,” then I insist you stop reading and go watch it now. No seriously, watch it now. It’s amazing.

Anyway, Charlize as Furiosa is so powerful, and while there are moments when you can tell her character wants to lean on Mad Max for support, she snaps back out of it and tries to get it done herself. As they say, never let a man do a woman’s job.

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All in all, the film deserves all the rave reviews it’s been receiving. It’s incredible and definitely memorable. While there are good movies, this one is exceptional.

EmptyPenguin is a gluten and dairy-free nerd who loves music, gaming, books and travel. And if you didn’t already guess, her favourite animals are penguins.

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  • Agreed with everything written here. A few thoughts (since I’m bored at work):

    1) I believe Max was supposed to be Australian, hence the super weird accent (neither british/australian)

    2) Per line, probably the most these actors will ever make. I thought this was the best movie that was ever made with 2 pages worth of dialogue. Can you imagine how the screen play would have looked??!!

    3) I get the feminism angle. For me, stuff like that doesn’t cross my mind. I hate it when people praise a move for being pro . Yes, this is important, but if the movie is garbage would we be saying ‘Well, at least it portrayed women in a kick-butt light?’. Probably not.

    4) How dare you call yourself a Marvel fan and not acknowledge Zoe Kravitz?? (i.e. Angel from X-Men first class!!)

    5) Riley Keough = Lisa Marie Presley’s Daughter = Elvis’s Granddaughter = The King. Based on this, she’s Princess Riley in my book (I still love you Charlotte).

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    • EmptyPenguin Post author on

      I think that Tom Hardy, in general, has issues with consistency when it comes to an accent. I’ve noticed it in other films prior to “Mad Max,” but he’s a good actor, so I’m willing to overlook it.

      Hahaha also, I know that Zoe Kravitz was Angel, but I’m personally not a fan of her, so I chose not to mention that. It’s interesting though that she reunited with Nic Hoult from “X-Men” aka her BFF’s (J-Law) ex-bf. Wonder if it was a little awkward on set?

      And I agree, Riley Keough was my favourite wife in the film – power to the Red Heads! She has some seriously good genes…

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