Directed by George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth installment to the franchise, though don’t fret – the last one was released in 1985 and take it from someone who hadn’t seen the other three, you will be able to watch this one without viewing its predecessors. When Max (Tom Hardy) encounters a group of women led by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who are running away from their captors, he is reluctant to help. Plagued with memories of those who he has failed over the years, Max eventually agrees to help them escape from the ever-increasing army of absolute lunatics on their journey.
In terms of acting, it’s extremely impressive. Tom Hardy is excellent and it’s safe to say that he has certainly saved himself from his poor run of films lately. Hardy has this very frantic way about him with regards to how he moves and speaks, showing he is not all there mentally. You could say he has gone a little bit insane too. Nonetheless, the star of the show is Charlize Theron – she is the main character, holding the film together without fault. Fury Road certainly takes a strong feminist approach on the action genre. The film doesn’t show its main men in negative lights (apart from the villain) but also shows that women aren’t just there to make babies as they want to do something with their lives – particularly Charlize Theron’s character. The models however, aren’t just there for the eye-candy…they can act too. Hugh Keays-Byrne was a great choice of casting for the antagonist, ‘Immortan Joe’ – frightening is one word to describe him. And I can’t write this review without a mentioning of ‘Guitar Guy’. While all the madness is taking place, an eccentric (to say the least) flame-throwing guitarist continues to rock out without giving a care in the world. He is worth the ticket price alone. You will be pleased to see that although this film is essentially a long montage of action and chase sequences, there is real character development. In between all of the exhilarating stunts, impeccable choreography and wicked visuals, there is a human element that certainly grounds the story. Fury Road is a journey with all the right passengers.
The soundtrack fits perfectly alongside the action; the way we get a glimpse of a world that feels fully functional but completely out of its mind. CGI was definitely used in the correct way here and not once did anything feel fake or artificial in the slightest.
To conclude, Mad Max: Fury Road is a true masterpiece. The cinematography is exceptional and the film itself is beautiful, as well as strange, very strange…in a good way. In fact, it’s absolutely insane, in all the ways it wants to be. By far one of the best blockbusters of 2015. If you’re a fan of the action genre, then you owe it to yourself to watch this. You don’t want to miss this beauty on the big screen, trust my word.