I saw this movie when it first came out without any expectations. I had not even watched the trailer before I walked into the theater, so I had no real idea of what I was about to see. The movie blew me away; the acting, the visuals, the soundtrack and the action were all stunning.
My predominant reaction, however, was to the character of Imperator Furiosa and everything she stood for. Many people are calling this movie a "feminist" movie, but George Miller, the director, once said that it was not his intention to make a female empowering film. He was not upset that it had feminist themes, however. That impressed me the most; he had unintentionally made a movie that had a strong female character which is how movies should be. The film industry should not be shocked when there is a movie with an action hero that is female, and that is the effect of Mad Max: Fury Road. Mad Max did not make it a huge deal that it had a woman like Furiosa in the lead, it just did. It did not sexualize her, or put her in a love triangle, she was just another hero.
I cannot conclude my review without mentioning the idea of "visual music." George Miller said that it was his intention to create a movie that could be watched in a language that you do not speak, but you would still understand it. The lack of meaningful dialogue from Max was taken by many as poor acting on Tom Hardy's part, but I think it all had to do with Miller's visual music technique. The product was beautiful, and I could watch Mad Max over and over again and still find new ways to love it.
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