“I am the scales of justice, conductor of the choir of death!”
The original Mad Max was a bit of a touchstone moment for Australian cinema. It launched the career of director George Miller, and it launched the career of future mega star and future known anti-Semite nut bar, Mel Gibson. But it also gave Australian cinema in general a bit of a boot in the ass. I’ve complained before on Bored and Dangerous about Australian cinema’s inferiority complex making the industry feel like they have to make important (ie. pretentious) movies. But Mad Max showed that we could make low brow genre fare with the best of them.
I like the original Mad Max, and I Iove its sequel, The Road Warrior. But when I heard Miller was rebooting the series, I was skeptical. Had it really been that long since he had a hit that he had to rehash this old chestnut? But as buzz grew and trailers were released, and I found out man crush #1 Tom Hardy was involved, it seemed liked Miller might be returning to the well for the right reason… He actually had a new story to tell. By the time I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, it had been out for a week or two and had received more over the top, crazy praise than any movie I can think of in recent memory. In the space of a year or so, I had gone from dreading this movie, to being more excited about it than anything else coming out this year. Even Star Wars. So, did Mad Max: Fury Road live up to the mega hype? (more…)