I just discovered that some of the posts from my old blog are still, somehow, googleable. So I’m re-posting them here - apologies if you’ve read them before. First up: Mad Max: Fury Road.
I wasn’t particularly interested when I first heard about Mad Max - Fury Road. I’ve reached that age where every other movie out of Hollywood is a remake or a reboot of something that I remember from my formative years, and almost all of them seem inferior to the originals. But it turns out that Fury Road is the real deal: I don’t remember enjoying a sci-fi/action movie this much since Aliens.
Basically, post-apocalyptic warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) keeps a harem of young wives in his desert citadel, until his war-rig driver Furiosa (Charlize Theron) decides to help them escape: the rest of the film is one long chase sequence. The wives’ predicament, and Furiosa’s growing sympathy for them would fill the opening scenes of a lesser movie, but Fury Road skips all that: we don’t meet the wives until they’ve already escaped, at which point Joe’s discovery of their empty room and a single line of graffiti fill in all the back-story we need.