Screenplay by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, P. J. Voeten
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne,
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton
Running Time: 120 minutes
Does any of the fun ever stop? I don't think so, but I definitely didn't want any of it to at this rate. George Miller gives his own audiences exactly what they would want from a Mad Max film twenty years after the previous one, and I can already say he's most certainly exceeded what he was already able to show inside of the first and third Mad Max films. It may not be better than The Road Warrior but it most certainly was such a joy for me to watch. I knew I'd end up enjoying this movie, but I didn't think it would be this much fun for myself.
I think it's already impressive enough knowing that the action within the film has been made through practical special effects because it's all effective while it lasts, and it doesn't even stop. How exactly does George Miller do it after having made the first film (which I cared less for myself) on such a low budget to probably the year's most visually stunning action film? I'm still going to be left to think about that to myself. The effects are easily some of the best that I've seen from one of these films in such a long time. It's already provided enough to become this summer's biggest blockbuster, because this is what the summer really belongs to already.
Replacing Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky is Tom Hardy, who's probably even more impressive in the role than I think Gibson was. As much as I did enjoy watching Mel Gibson in the role (especially in The Road Warrior), I get the feeling that the way Tom Hardy is playing the exact same character sticks with me even more than ever. Together with him is Charlize Theron, who already provides one of the most memorable heroines inside of an action film in more recent years. It's incredible what exactly George Miller created for all of them.
There's one point coming off for the writing, because at times, I have to admit, the dialogue is somewhat weak in comparison to all the action that's being provided on the screen. This was an issue that I did have when I was watching the original Mad Max films (it didn't exactly bother me too much in The Road Warrior though), and sadly it still lingers for a little bit in here. Granted it's not exactly a big issue but it is still pretty noticeable.
Mad Max: Fury Road isn't a perfect movie, but it is the perfect summer blockbuster to go and head to this year. I've never enjoyed myself with a blockbuster the exact same way that I have done with Fury Road. It appears to me already that with a much bigger budget George Miller can already provide much more to offer for the franchise (considering the fact I wasn't too impressed with the original Mad Max despite loving the action) than ever. This isn't the best film in the series, but it is most certainly a fun way to spend time.