Number 8: “Mad Max: Fury Road/Road Warrior”

Yep “Mad Max” is what I’m talking about.  These movies are DARK AS FU…  and so dang entertaining.  I actually attempted to watch “The Road Warrior” when I was like twelve or so.  I totally didn’t get it and was used to much higher production values so it didn’t stick.  It wouldn’t be until this year of our lord 2015 that I realized the INSANE love I have for this universe and these films.

As referenced in my last blog I like my movies to be dark for some reason.  Hence why I like Film Noir I suppose.  And this film nails every shade of darkness with flying colors (all dark colors of course).  Ho my gosh where to begin?

Practical effects.  Besides the giant hideout for the villain was there any CG in this movie? It appeared to me they created and then blew up every car and costumed perfection in this film.  That technique makes me so happy I could cry.  How do you keep me in a movie?  Make your story dark as fuck and blow up actual sets.  Pretty simple.

The story structure.  Wow was this cool.  They basically said “get in! We’ll explain on the way!”  And with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron at the wheel you KNOW I am getting in that ride.

What  a freaking ride!  The cars, characters, sets, and mayhem are just ball drainingly good (too dirty?).  So many interesting characters with their equally interesting cars and then they are in this world that is arguably as complicated as Star Wars and they just blow the shit out of each other.

“Fury Road” was so good I actually went back and watched the original trilogy just to continue getting my fix.  It turns out the same guy George Miller did the entire quadrilogy and is now seventy years old.  Wait didn’t Tarantino say directing was a young man’s game?  That’s insane!  And he won an Oscar for “Happy Feet”? WTF!  This dude is a truly gifted storyteller and I can’t thank him enough for fighting a thirty year battle to get “Fury Road” made.  He’d had this story in his head since before “Thunderdome”.  The Gibson meltdown followed by multiple economic crises put this one on the back burner where it could have easily stayed for good.  But I cannot thank George Miller enough for making sure this movie exists.  Rarely do I immediately add a film to within my top ten upon first viewing but this movie was that good.

Then going back to “The Road Warrior” you realize how effing good that movie is!  All practical effects and amazing car chase carnage and awesome characters.

I love how few words Max says in either of these films.  Talk about brooding.  If there is a more film noirish aspect to a character who says nothing but kicks so much ass throughout a quadrilogy, I haven’t seen it.

And if YOU like kicking ass more than talking come on down to the Staged Reading of my Psychadelic Cyberpunk Film Noir screenplay “Mum Knows Best” on Sunday August 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar https://www.facebook.com/events/875860632494808/ because we’re not going to talk we’re just going to kick you in the ass (we probably won’t kick you in the ass)!

 

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