Yup, I’ve decided to weigh in on the awesomeness that is Mad Max: Fury Road. I went to see it with Matt last week, and it was great. Obviously, any film that incites a boycott from men’s rights activists is going to catch my interest, but add in Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (who I’ve never seen act a bad part), and Charlize Theron as the best female action character I have ever seen on screen, and I was totally sold.
Ok. Spoilers ahead, but none you probably haven’t already seen.
Fury Road picks up the character of Mad Max (Hardy) and straps him to the front of a souped-up car as a “blood bag”, providing War Boy Nux (Hoult) with a much needed blood transfusion as he races across the post-apocalyptic desert with a gang of other War Boys after Imperator Furiosa (Theron), who’s helping Immortan Joe’s five slave-breeder-wives (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, and Courtney Eaton) escape in a huge war truck. Keeping up?
Apparently the film is neither a reboot nor a sequel to the original Mad Max films, but a “revisiting”. Just to annoy the MRAs more 😉
So, why are the MRAs hating on Mad Max so much? Because of Furiosa, the wives, and the desert warrior women. Oh, yeah, there are badass old ladies in this film too. Did I mention how Fury Road absolutely smashes the Bechdel Test? There’s a very slight love-plot, between Nux and one of the wives, but it’s not much, and its certainly not a central theme. Furiosa is absolutely the main protagonist of the film, with Max, to be honest, not doing much.
Ensler spoke to Time magazine about her consulting on the film, saying
I read the script and was blown away. One out of three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime—it’s a central issue of our time, and that violence against women relates to racial and economic injustice. This movie takes those issues head-on. I think George Miller is a feminist, and he made a feminist action film. It was really amazing of him to know that he needed a woman to come in who had experience with this.
Anyway, I’m going to gush about this film forever given half the chance, so jus go and see it, and then come back and we can rave about it together. So much yes.