REVIEW: "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD" by Jayne Waterford
George Miller's "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD" (2015) is a flawless, beautiful film. It's look is unique, it's cultural stamp is cearly Australian and we speed aross some of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
Short of recounting how well everyone fit in such a magical film (98% of http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ users wanted to see th film and gave it a 92% rating (out of a possible 100)) there's not much to say. It's a magnificnet spectacular spectacular. The cult of young men embracing their possible death with silver srayed mouths before heier war song, witnessed by contemporaries was breath taking.
Who is Max? "Max is somebody who just wants to go home but there is no home." (Hardy) He is, "a man reduced to a single instinct. Survive." Max (Tom Hardy) begins our story as someone's blood bank, driven into battle strapped to the front of Nux (Nicholas Hoult)'s pursuit vehicle, for the show of Nux's war song. And what is the poem Nux has composed for his shining death? "I live. I die. I live again," for he is ultimately an optimist.
Young men under this tyrant die willingly, if they have to and shine as brightly as possibly when doing so. A vehicle bristling with young men is whisked up in a dust storm, a beautiful dust storm, the vehicle explodes in stages and bodies are caste about. "Oh what a day! What a lovely day!" shouts Nux, exhillarated.
The plot is propelled by Furiosa (Charlize Theron). She took Modern Joe's prize breeders, four perfect young woman, some pregnant. Uner his regime everything is systematistised fro his personal advantage. Women are milked for his food and the best of everything is harvested. This isn't (?) (Gary Oldman) in (?)'s "BOOK OF ELI" (?) scrapping around in the dust after a means to control a population. This is an adorned tyrant, obessessed with making healthy children, who lets water loose inappropriately on a town population who are as dirty as the residents of RANGO" (?).
Everything is big! in George Miller's "MAD MAX: FURY ROAD" (2015). Everything fulfills all of our expectations. Nothing is left wanting. Even the dust storm outshines the twisters of Steven Quale's "INTO THE STORM" (?) for size and devastation and beauty.
On the funny side of things it's comical to read key behind the scenes people included for their prowess on films so antithetical to a post-nuclear world old enough to haev developed its own language and place for life and death. The creative team filled key roles on George Miller's "THE ENGLISH PATIENT", "BABE", "A ROOM WITH A VIEW" & "HAPPY FEET".
Very cleverly shown Max's blood type is O-, a match for anyone's. So when he gives someone a tranfusion later int he plot, it makes sense.
CT plays the ahrdcore road warrior T Furiosa. Her performance is unsparingly honest and has inspired me to go and find a copy of her Acedemy Award® winning performance in "MONSTER"
About Foriosa's motivatin and that plce o women in Miller's world. They seem to skirt around seomthing. Women are for procreatin. The world is not empty of women. Poeple are dying of radiation sickness at a rate of knots. Women are for procreation. They are under pressure to be used against their will. There is an implied rape impliedin their status as wives of the tyrant.But there is no prostutitioin giong on persay.
Turned from grief to vengeance. Not lettign he bastard s get away with it. getting some jsutice and surviving to do it.
They have a half-life. Dying in a historic fashion.
Together find some redemption.
The models inhabit their own aricualte sphere. So radically different to Nux's zealotry.
Shooting system developed contemporaneously with th movie by Voeten. "The Edge Arm system." "On a visit to the States, Norris met up with LAMotorsports’ Dean Bailey, who offered to custom build a supercharged V-8 off-road racing truck with a roof-mounted, gyrostabilized camera crane that could extend more than 20 feet in length, rotate 360-degrees, and achieve a full range of motion in any direction. “After George’s first ride, he proclaimed we could shoot the whole film with it,” says Voeten. “And the Edge Arm delivered brilliantly every day.”" - producitn notes
The mash up of trucks and buggies are refered to as truggies.
People it's a very sophisticated culture highly decorated.
Even the quality and density fo the body paint of he young warriors, the War Boys, is fully realised in its nature.
“They all had glorious deaths, but there was always a bit of competition for who could have the best death as a War Boy.” - Norris of the 65 stunt men who eachplayed a War boy in Imortan's core-army.
"but Norris’s 65-strong core stunt team would embody the Immortan’s army throughout the film. The job was unique in that they were not doubling another actor, but actually taking on their War Boy roles for the entirety of the shoot. “In the film, you can track a War Boy right from the Citadel into the armada chase right through to his death,” Norris explains. “They all had glorious deaths, but there was always a bit of competition for who could have the best death as a War Boy.”" - Production Notes
After two years of record breaking rainfall on Mad Max's spiritiual home, Broken Hill, the team went to a desert where it never arins, Namibia. "Swakopmund, on the Skeleton Coast, was an appropriate hub for a large production, and the sprawling Namib Desert offered the filmmakers a variety of looks and a limitless staging ground for a Road War." - ProductionNotes
How they created the environemnt of the Citadel “We flew a helicopter very close to these massive cliffs" [of the Blue Mountains - ed] "and took a lot of highly detailed, high-resolution stills. Then, using PhotoScan software, we turned the stills into big CG wall elements, which we could cut up and bend into the shape of the Citadel. That gave us a very photographic and realistic result.”
Free-styling motorcycle action.
What strikes me is that all mature aged characters move indivudially. No one is obliged in any kind of relationship. It's the younger characters, who are grouped. The groupf o five wives, dressed equally langusously and idetically. The War Boys all painted teh same. The boys who drum for the workers back at the citadel. One could bust the model and stretch a group dynamic to describe the poor who beg for water att eh foot of the Citadel but that would be vulgar, though they all seem to dress and groan the same. See what I mean?
And what is Max's car? The Interceptor: a, "black 1974 XB Ford Falcon Coupe." (PN) In the plot, "the Interceptor is restored, and returns, ground bare, double-aspirated, augmented with 4-wheel drive, and weaponized to wreak havoc in an ever more brutal future." (PN)
"Conceived by Peter Pound, the War Rig was made from a bastardized Czechoslovakian Tatra and Chev Fleetmaster, fused into a six-wheel-drive 18-wheeler powered by twin V8 engines end-to-end that haul its massive double-payload of a bulky fuel tank and trailing fuel pod. Welded to the hull are VW Bug and truck cabin shells that serve as mobile forts for War Boys, who also track with the War Rig across the desert in a convoy of Citadel cars and motorcycles."
The production notes are very kind and go on to quote Collin Gibson and tohers on the Warlord's Gigahorse and Nux's souped-up Chevrolet. It makes me feel exctied about cars just to read this stuff. "The Warlord himself sits high at the wheel of the imposing Gigahorse, a rolling fever dream of excess, carnality and brute force. Miller calls the Gigahorse a “Cadillac on steroids”—a fuel-injected double threat that mates a pair of 1959 Cadillac Devilles, which have been split, widened and mounted one atop the other to jut arrogantly skyward from its bladed maw to its jacked-up tail fins." Oh! It makes me wish to know who wrote this.
"A brassy 1970s Valiant chassis welded to the body of a U.S.-made Ripsaw Tank, the Bullet Farmer’s signature assault vehicle, ironically named the Peacemaker, marries machine gun, tank tread and torpedo over a water-cooled Merlin V8."
That production designer Colin Gibson and stunt coordinator Guy Norris did not stop in their developmnet of perhaps the most awesnacking vehhicels ever assembled is jsut another cap on themultiheaded beast hich is this juggernaught "MAD MAX".
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