Apocalypse

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Very action. Much Apocalypse. Extra wow.

Ok, so, I enjoyed the heck out of Mad Max when I saw it this week. I was drooling over the insanely detailed production design, gained an instant crush on Nux [played by Nicholas Hoult] and I will absolutely be purchasing a copy of this once it comes out on blu-ray/DVD.

For the record, I have never seen the original Mad Max movies. They are most certainly on my radar now though. And I’m a little surprised that I haven’t watched them yet. I mean, come on, apocalyptic road warriors in a dystopian desert world? That’s right up my nuclear-waste-coated alley. Already I’ve heard some grumblings about how the story and character development was a little lacking in this film, which I mildly agree with. However, I feel that by the end of this film you really got to know the main characters. It’s not a drama style character development type of film, but it is a high octane crazy action movie – the likes of which I haven’t seen since the 80s. And I could go on for days about all of the cool things this movie did, but I’ll just mention the highlights.

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The war machine designs made me want to weld random things to my car and then go to a monster truck show.

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The cinematography made some bold choices with color and almost constant camera movement. Which gave this film a stunning look and breath-taking momentum.

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The character Nux, one of the half-life warrior boys, had a great character arc. Starting on one side of battle and transforming into an entirely different mind-set by the end. Also, look at those crazy elaborate scars!! That tells me so much about the culture of the half-life warriors. They’re self-mutilation and brainless obedience to their war lord.

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The special effects were beautiful, they took what stunning things were already happening in the practical effects realm and brought them into an entirely different world. I dare say, even epic proportions of world creation were successfully reached in the making of this movie.

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And then there were the costumes. Which made stunning use of materials and textures to create a story of the culture of scavenging and how brutal the environment and civilization had become.

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The most beautiful thing they achieved? They had a badass cast that was equal parts male and female. But the protagonist is not who you go in expecting to see.

I fracking loved this movie. 5 out of 5 blood spattered stars. Seriously. Go watch it.

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