If you like action, gore, horror and theatrics then Mad Max: Fury Road is a definite must-see. But Mad Max isn’t just a good action film filled to the brim with an expensive well-known cast. It is an excellent film in its own right. It is quite easily the best film of 2015 and has set the bar high for any other releases in the near future.
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, are just a few of the famous actors featured in this film. Every single character had its own individual quirky characteristic and was likeable in its own way. And of course, each character was completely and utterly mad. I haven’t seen any of the original Mad Max films but Tom Hardy portrayed Max in a way that cannot be criticised. ‘Furiosa’, played by Charlize Theron, could be described as being the imagery of feminism. It wasn’t an ‘in your face’ deliberate way of making the feminists of the world happy. Furiosa was simply an example of an incredibly strong hero, regardless of her gender.
I wouldn’t usually comment on make-up and wardrobe. But this department was essential in making Mad Max: Fury Road the success that it is. The alternative reality in which Mad Max is set is a barren desert where essentials are hard to come by. The majority of characters looked as though the life had been sucked out of them and although they’re all brilliant actors this wouldn’t have been able to be emphasised without the intervention of the make-up team. For example, Nicholas Hoult’s character ‘Nux’ would have been a far less interesting character without his smoker’s lips and sullen eyes.
You can see the film in 2D or 3D. I opted for the expensive 3D cinema experience at the BFI IMAX. You wouldn’t be missing too much if 2D was your choice of viewing but the IMAX experience definitely lived up to its slogan ‘see a film or be a part of one’. Okay, it wasn’t as though I was really there. I knew that I was watching a film in a nice comfy seat rather than standing on a lifeless desert. But I could not take my eyes off the screen. The film and the IMAX experience held my attention for the full 120 minutes. It is one of the most intense and fast-paced films that has ever graced Britain’s screens.