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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Furiosa: Fury Road
I saw the movie this evening and thought it was good, but not as good as Mel Gibson in The Road Warrior from 1981.
I would only rate Fury Road a 7.0, not the high 8's like it is now.
I thought the following.........
1) This was more about Imperator Furiosa and her fight against the tyrannical Immortan Joe. She was the main character in this movie, Max was the supporting character. The real title of this movie should have been Mad Furiosa: Fury Road.
2) I grew up during the original three Mad Max movies. I intimately know The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, and are in my top 10 films of all time. Was this supposed to be a reboot? Or was it supposed to be a sequel? 3) For the younger crowd who didn't see the first three movies, how are they supposed to know who Max is? There was little to no development of his character. We don't know why he is out there in the wasteland. We don't know his history and what happened to his family from the likes of Toecutter.
4) In Mad Max and The Road Warrior, Max's Ford Falcon XB GT Police Interceptor was a major "character" in those films. However, in Fury Road, the car had very little screen time as it was flipped over in the first 3 minutes. Then we only saw it repaired and painted in a silver color in certain shots as the War Boys were chasing Furiosa.
5) I thought Immortan Joe was very interesting and was a better character than The Humungus, although very memorable, in The Road Warrior. Hugh-Keays Byrne was an excellent choice. That face and the mask leaves a psychological impression. In case people don't know, Keays-Byrne played Toecutter in the 1979 Mad Max film.
6) For me, part of the appeal of the first three movies was the unmistakable heavy Aussie accents by everyone in the films.........excluding Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) and Master (Angelo Rossito) in Thunderdome. In Fury Road, everyone had a non-specific "British" accent. It was kind of a hodgepodge or a hybrid of Aussie meets British accents. British and Aussie accents are distinctly different. Tom Hardy does not sound Australian. Charlize Theron sounded like her normal American self, except for when she said "Gayzzolyne", trying to sound Aussie.
7) Perhaps the most memorable bad guy character in the Road Warrior was Wez (Vernon Wells) with the Mohawk and ass-less chaps. He has lots of screen time and had that cinematic dominance on screen. Rictus Erectus (Nathan Jones) did not seem like a dominant bad guy character in this movie. He is just huge. Jones is 6'11" and 350+ pounds of pure muscle.
8) What kind of dust storm was that supposed to be? Not like anything I've ever seen. Maybe it was a nuclear dust storm? 9) Finally......the chase scenes and the cars. Just as good, if not better than the first three Mad Max movies.
That is all.............
American Sniper (2014)
The hyper political society...........
I am retired US Navy. I am in the large majority of sailors that did not "see" combat. However I did 2 Persian Gulf deployments aboard a carrier and a one year ground deployment in Kuwait.
This story is what it is. To hyper politicize it is very disgusting in my humble opinion.
Those on the left are generating all kinds of hate towards Chris Kyle calling this story propaganda. Some of the far left are parroting hearsay about how Kyle was "redneck", racist, went on killing sprees, described the enemy as savages, and took out Hurricane Katrina Victims. The left constantly cries out that President Obama got Osama Bin Laden. Obama and Biden routinely remind us of that. The ironic thing is that the Navy SEALs were the ones who killed him.
Those on the right are pretty much in lockstep with the book and this movie. Talk radio constantly reveres the Chris Kyle story. Fox News constantly has Taya Kyle on the air and constantly airs Chris Kyle interviews prior to his death 2 years ago.
I'm here to take a neutral and apolitical stance. War is hell. Did we "need" to go into Iraq? There is no correct answer to that question. We did it, Chris Kyle believed in our mission, followed lawful orders, defeated the enemy with his sniper rifle, excelled at it, and saved American lives. He made the hard but correct choice to return to his family at the expense of his stellar Navy career.
I personally believe that this kind of story does need to be told and do need to be based on actual events. However, I have very mixed feelings about the actual Navy SEALs putting themselves in a "glamorous" and public eye so soon after their service with books and movies. I do think it is possible that some of it is ego, some of it is hyper political, some of it is for personal or financial gain.
I think that the active duty SEALs still out there carrying out missions unbeknownst to us do so with the thought of completing the mission by destroying the enemy with the utmost precision and intensity, return home with all their shipmates, hug their wives and kids, then turn around and do it all over again. These guys do not say "Look at me, I'm a Navy SEAL." The general public cannot nitpick the specifics of the Chris Kyle story. I as a retired sailor cannot nitpick his particular story. Only Chris Kyle and God must reconcile the events that took place.
And the Oscar for best cinematography and visual effects goes to...........
This picture ranks in the top 5 of all movies known for visual effects and cinematography. If this film does not get the Academy award for those two categories on March 2nd 2014, there is a screw loose.
The story is truly stunning. It is simply about the human condition of overcoming incredible odds of survival using faith, spirit, intelligence, and true grit.
I felt like I was inside a spacesuit with absolutely no control over the situation and losing my oxygen.
My only beef with this film are the circumstances that caused the debris field in the first place. Those damn Russians!!!