13 of 366: Mad Max: Fury Road

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“As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken.” – Max Rockatansky

I watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night and now it’s nominated for several Academy Awards. Boom. It’s in the running for best picture in addition to Brooklyn, Room, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, The Revenant, The Martian and The Big Short. George Miller is a best director nominee and, no surprise here, the film is a contender in the trifecta of visual effects, film editing and cinematography.

A good 30 minutes of the film seemed to come on a little strong with the effects that bring to life post-apocalyptic Australia and battles between road gangs led by Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) after he finds out Furiosa is helping some of his prisoners escape.

The film doesn’t really slow down but there was enough character development and story built in between the races and battles for me to be hooked as Furiosa led her troops through the desert and eventually meets her match in Max (Tom Hardy.)

They appear to be enemies at first but soon realize they need each other to defeat Immortan Joe and his followers.

“Where must we go … we who wander this wasteland in search of our better selves?” (The First History Man.)

The unspoken bond between Furiosa and Max with the score and costumes chosen for the film at the backdrop left me enamored with the whole picture and the ending was effective and unpredictable.

Mad Max: Fury Road has gained critical praise over the last year and leading up to award season. It’s among the favorites for critics at Indiewire and Rotten Tomatoes and while there is strong competition for the Academy Awards this year (especially with the decline to eight best picture nominees) it would be a refreshing to see Mad Max: Fury Road receive cinematic honor on Feb. 28.

“Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, forever and ever
What’d you say?”

-David Bowie, Heroes

 

 

 

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