Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Reviewer: Javier Encalada
KA BOOM! Mad Max is back, and he's got a new friend, Imperator Furiosa.
This film is the kind of spectacular Australian film we want to see more of.
Tom Hardy plays Mad Max in this reboot of the franchise. Hardy has very few lines in this film, but each is delivered with gusto.
He is against a true acting Amazon, Charlize Theron, who plays Furiosa in the same way Sigourney Weaver did when she redefined female heroes in Alien.
There is plenty of Hollywood royalty in this film: Zoë Kravitz (Lenny's daughter, from Divergent), supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transfromers 3) and Riley Keough (the eldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley).
Special mention to Nicholas Hoult, who delivers this film's best one-liner and its subtitle: "What a lovely day!"
The Australian cast is also fantastic: The convincing Josh Helman (Slit), the impossible-to-miss Nathan Jones (Rictus Erectus), a great acting job by Abbey Lee (The Dag), Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic, plus Megan Gale as, of course, The Valkyrie.
By the way, Megan Gale was perfect in this film. Good work.
A couple of iconic Australian actors also offer their best skills in this film: John Howard as The People Eater, the most perverse-looking villain we have seen for a while, Richard Carter as a The Bullet Farmer and Melissa Jaffer as Keeper of the Seeds.
Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays the main villain, Immortan Joe, was also part of the cast in the original 1979 Mad Max film (he played Toecutter).
One of the most intriguing and coolest characters in this film is, however, silent: the Doof Warrior, played by the unmissable iOTA.
The story is not a feminist pamphlet, it just happens that women and men can both do awful and beautiful things when facing annihilation and trying to survive.
This is not a 'hippie greenie' film either, it's just that the 1980s nuclear explanation to the death of the planet has now been updated for an ecological cataclysmic episode as the most obvious reason for the poor state of humanity depicted in this film.
Go see this movie.
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