Oscar Optimization – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Encore Review

Since it’s been nearly two months since I watched most of the Oscar Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch many of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) :

mad_max_fury_road“You know, hope is a mistake. If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll, uh… you’ll go insane. ” – Max

Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 Jul 2015 and 23 Feb 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In a post-apocalyptic world, two renegades try to save a small group of women taken prisoner by a ruthless warlord who will stop at nothing to get them back.

My Take on it – Ok.  Lots of people think I’m crazy because I didn’t absolutely LOVE this film the first time around.

I have seen the original 3 Mad Max movies and none of them really spoke to me so I’m actually quite glad that this one is pretty much a stand alone film and not a direct continuation of the others.

The visuals in this movie are spectacular; the costumes, the design of the vehicles, the look of the characters and the landscapes and especially the stunts.  I’m still amazed at how much was done as real stunts instead of CGI which really shows the hard work put into making this from the stunt coordination of so many scenes to the choreography of those stunts and fight scenes.

The characters are fun to watch eventhough they seem on the surface to be paper thin, we get so much from their actions that it isn’t absolutely necessary for them to speak so much.

George Miller has done an amazing job creating a world that looks so bleak, but also very lived in and unique in its own way.

Both Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are great here because they are both very physical characters but we can understand their motivations and goals not just via their words, but also via their body language whether it be a look, a grunt or even a scream.

The craziness of the world created works well in this context, but it’s too bad that the story wasn’t a bit more engaging instead of being so simplistic.

Basically a two hour car chase that is fun to watch and hard to look away from.

Bottom Line – Crazy-fun action movie that truly is a fun filled non-stop two hour car chase. Amazing production and technical work transports us into a new but very “lived in” world. Characters are strong enough that they don’t need words to explain their actions, sometimes a grunt or scream is enough. The story itself is simplistic, but works within the context, but could have been even better if it was more engaging.  Not amazing, but still pretty good. Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – The biggest problem I have is that as entertaining as this film is, is it really good enough to be called a Best Picture Nominee?  I’m still not sold on that.  In my eyes, a BP nominee needs to be a movie that is good enough to win the award if it wasn’t necessary up against the current competition. Meaning is it truly one of the best films of the year in it’s own right?

This film is entertaining but just doesn’t pass that litmus test for me and therefore it’s inclusion among the Big 8 still baffles me despite being a fun movie.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Margaret Sixel had 480 hours of footage to edit; watching it took three months.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)


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