Direction & Cinematography
Mad Max: Fury Road feels like a breath of fresh air after so many crappy Hollywood/Bollywood action flicks. This is one of the best action movies I have ever seen. Those who have seen the original “Mad Max trilogy” will love it, those who haven’t, might love it or hate it because there is no or very thin plot.
Tom Hardy does justice to his role. He doesn’t speak much, but his eyes do all the talking. You can feel his pain, he is broken by his guilt and grief. But it is Charlize Theron who steals the show here. She is exceptional as Furiosa. This might be the best performance of her career. Sometimes I wondered why the movie was named after Max when it was more about Furiosa.
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The cinematography is gorgeous (I liked the blue tint in the night scenes), the screenplay is excellent, the background score is amazing and direction is brilliant. George Miller, who is 70 years old, is at the top of his game here. He doesn’t give you the time to feel “comfortable”. He puts you straight into the action, right from the beginning. He wants you to feel the perils of living in a post-apocalyptic world where anything can happen.
The editing is – excellent with frame rates going high when you need it (works like an adrenaline rush) but the action doesn’t get lost. George Miller shows you everything that’s happening. You know where the different cars are unlike other action films. Miller shows you everything with the help of some perfectly angled shots. Whenever there is an explosion, you will know the reason behind it.
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In the midst of all this, George manages to add some humor. There is a blind guy who keeps playing Thrash Metal riffs on his flamethrower guitar during the whole chase sequence.
The villain is really good and He sounds a lot like Bane. He has controlled the water supply and acts as the master of other people.
One more thing that I loved about this movie was that there was no unnecessary romance which often ruins great movies.
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Now, this could have been a 6/10 movie because it is really easy to make such a movie with CGI but it deserves no less than 10..why? The acting, direction, cinematography, editing, music, screenplay are awesome and the movie is 10% CGI and 90% practical effects. So almost everything you see on screen is happening for real. Cars are being thrown here and there, the explosions are real, people are fighting for real and all the stunts you see in the end are real. Imagine the efforts they have put into making this movie. That’s the best thing about it.
So if you are familiar with Mad Max then go and watch this movie ASAP and if you aren’t then decide for yourself. But if you miss this flick, you will miss some of the best practical action scenes ever done on screen.
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