June 2nd, 2015

Macbeth the Usurper

Mad Max Fury Road

I finally pried myself from the house and made it out to Mad Max: Fury Road. I had been waiting for this particular film for years, having read about some of the production delays five years ago.

Was it the car crash spectacle that I was expecting? Yes. Yes it was.

Was the script or story brilliant? No That's never been the strength of these films.

Was the characterization there? Yes, but no Oscar winners.

If anything, this film was more human than any recent action film that I've seen. The film contained characters who had different perspectives than either the protagonists or the antagonists. Put another way, both the protagonists and the antagonists shared a worldview, one of the brutal fight for survival. The other was a worldview where violence was not the first reaction. These made for strange and haunting bedfellows, enabling the characterization to go places where no testosterone laden film could go.

In most action films, there is this firm channeling of the narrative towards violence. The women of this film rejected that approach, refusing the channel. That didn't stop all the violence, but it did stop some of it.

Others have already broken down this film far better than I.

I would like to say that I enjoyed the film, that I liked it, but I can't say that. There is little to like in this film, which means that the director succeeded in his visioin. The film depicts unlikable things, and despite their glorification, the director helps you to see their gorification. You grow to hate Max's world. That over-idyllic vision of the wives? That's the only thing in this film worth liking. They aren't the action heroes, and that makes them better.