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In Case You Missed It: Mad Max Takes The Summer Throne

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Justin Shanlian

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This movie critic understands not everyone finds the time to make it out to the theaters during the dog days of summer, which is why we’re going to spend a moment talking about, in my opinion, the movie that took the throne for the season.

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those rare films that gets better each and every time thanks to its epic tale,  captivating action scenes and the relatable characters that connect viewers like nothing else.  

“Mad Max” will have viewers’ hearts in their throats for the entire duration of the film. While the plot is simple, it will leave viewers engaged and wanting more.  

The lack of natural resources such as water is the central conflict in this film; enslavement, bondage and total chaos are integral to the plot as well. The story revolves around Max, played by Tom Hardy, and his unlikely comrade Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. Hardy’s Max says roughly fifty words throughout the entire film, but his performance doesn’t rely merely on the words he speaks. His true performance is in the strength that he is able to emanate through his eyes and facial expressions, drawing audiences into his story. 

It is Theron, though, who steals the show from the moment she’s on the screen. Her character is not only the real hero, but her role resonates with men and women alike. She overcomes minor setbacks, such as only having one hand to fight through the pits of Hell. Furiosa is a deep, well-conceived character that gives the film its spirit. The movie may be called “Mad Max,” but this is Furiosa’s film.  

George Miller, who is in his seventies, filmed this movie over many months and used real locations, with real stunts, real explosions and very little use of computer generated imagery. Miller’s career has spanned decades and it is easy to see why.  Even the way that camera puts these crazy characters in your face is almost a character within itself.   

No review of “Mad Max: Fury Road” would be complete without mentioning the amazing film score by up-and-coming composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL. The innovative score for this film is sure to be a lock for an Academy Award nomination. Holkenborg’s score is full of gusto and ambition, and is very grand and theatrical. He adds heavy doses of pounding percussion and a smooth electronica wave, in keeping with popular film scores of our time.  When his score needs to harvest feelings of grief, sadness and sympathy Holkenborg knows just how to add melancholy strings and layers of cello and violin to communicate the film’s many moods.  

Mad Max: Fury road is a must see. The story is fun and relatable, the characters are over the top and George Miller has never been better behind the camera as director. Don’t miss this winning thrill ride. The Blu-Ray is available Sept. 1.

Grade: A+ 

 

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