Mad Max: Fury Road
A crazy, beautiful rush of an action film - Mad Max: Fury Road will leave you breathless for all sorts of reasons.
The film's editing, for one, compliments the story perfectly. The only way I can describe it is erratic, as we are lead along the story in such a way that your head nearly spins - but it works, and works well.
I'm not usually one for an action film, but I wasn't bored at all during the film's 120 minutes running time. I waited with baited breath for what was going to appear on the screen next, which was always something both visually pleasing and very well shot.
The stand out performance from the film, was of course Furiosa (Charlize Theron). A disabled orphaned, female imperator turned fugitive, she takes the helm of the film away from Max himself (Tom Hardy) in spectacular style - embodying an action hero with nothing but her shooting and combat skills, and a steely glare to defeat the bad guys - showing why more women should be included in films like this, and as the influential characters.
Another stand out performance in the film for me was that of The Splendid Angharad (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, one of the wives Furiosa is rescuing). While the character herself only has a relatively small part in the film, she manages to shine through as she utters and comes up with some fantastic lines and is generally played really well - to the extent that she brought me to tears at one point in the film.
Both of the two male leads - Max, and Nux (Nicholas Hoult) are also worth a mention. Even though Max is often sidelined thanks to Furiosa, he's still a very well created character thanks to Hardy's committed and moving portrayal - to the extent that a thumbs up will make you emotional. (If you've seen the film, you'll know the one I mean!) Hoult also shines through with his portrayal of Nux, and while you'll probably hate his character until halfway through the film, you won't be able to deny Hoult's talent for making you connect and believe in his character.
The film might not have a very intricate plot - Furiosa is attempting to free the sheltered and abused wives of the evil Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), later with Max's help - but it definitely makes up for it with it's intricate characters, gorgeous visual style and breathtaking editing. I haven't seen the other Mad Max films, but seeing this one has made me want to watch them right away.
If you haven't seen this - make sure you do. Because it'll crush any expectations you had into dust - it's that good!
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