We Are Not Things

Mad Max

There are a million things that have already been said about Mad Max: Fury Road, and I don’t know that I want to add to the din.

But it’s wonderful.

I don’t know how to describe it or recommend it highly enough. It’s a two hour long car chase through the desert, done with mostly practical effects. (Whether you like the movie or not is based on whether you like the idea of a two hour long car chase through the desert. I happen to think that’s awesome.)

It’s surprisingly feminist, reenforcing the idea that no one belongs to anyone else, and delving into themes of human trafficking, without, well, actually talking about human trafficking at all. It’s pretty, pretty great.

Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is a remarkable character who will hopefully live on through the ages.

Tom Hardy as Max is servicable. What’s cool here is that it’s not really his story, but he’s certainly a large agent in it. Hardy is talented and charismatic. He is not Mel Gibson. This is not his fault and should not really be held against him. But I mean, it’s Mad Max…this is complicated in my brain.

George Miller spent over 10 years of his life making this movie. It shows.

SEE THIS MOVIE. At all costs, just do it. It’s so, so, so, so very worth it.

Rankings:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Tomorrowland
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. Pitch Perfect: 2

Trailers:

Jurrasic World: OK WE GET IT THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! I’m actually really excited about this. Who else?

Ant-Man: Starting to get a little hyped, but still not really into it. Will still see it.

Fantastic Four: I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY I’M SO EXCITED! I DON’T EVEN LIKE THE FANTASTIC FOUR!

Vacation: Might be awesome, might completely suck? There will be no in between.

Entourage: Dude? Seriously? VINNIE IS DIRECTING THE MOVIE? This is going to be terrible. I’ll report back tomorrow!

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