Mad Max: Fury Road Is Poorly Written, But Still Pretty Awesome - Extra Chill


Mad Max: Fury Road Is Poorly Written, But Still Pretty Awesome

So, the other day I watched George Miller's new Mad Max movie, and since it has received overwhelmingly positive critical reviews, I had to add my two cents. I thought the film was very poorly written, and found myself laughing at some of the dialogue, which wasn't meant to be funny. The story made absolutely no sense to me, and I was waiting for everything to tie itself together in the end, but that never happened.

I really don't understand the overwhelming critical acclaim that this movie received. I've listed some of the ratings from the major film review websites below, to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

IMDb: 8.2/10
Letterboxd: 8.6/10

Along with the universal critical acclaim, Mad Max: Fury Road has also been nominated for Ten Oscars. I'd be absolutely appalled if it won Best Motion Picture of The Year, but wouldn't be surprised if it won the Oscar for Best Achievement In Visual Effects, because I actually think it deserves to win that. I'm really glad that it wasn't nominated for Best Original Screenplay; that would have been the end of my faith in the merit of these awards for sure.
Now, judging by the stats from these usually reliable critical sources, you would expect Mad Max: Fury Road to be an all-around great movie. But when you watch it, you'll probably be confused about quite a few things: Namely, the little girl who appears to torment Max through his flashbacks, and how a guy like Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) came to power. Those two things were killers for me, because Nux was spouting all this religious and spiritual shit that seemed important. Also, the blood bag thing was never explained, nor was why these pale neophytes were shooting silver spray paint into their mouths. Then there was the black paint that Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) applied to her face. I could probably think of more, but I think I've made my point.

Although there were quite a few frustrating plot holes in Mad Max: Fury Road, I still enjoyed the movie. The special effects were incredible and the action scenes were very well done. There were a lot of cool stunts and I thought the war rig that Furiosa was driving was super badass. What makes the stunts more impressive is the fact that they were all practical effects and stunts - meaning that they actually performed the stunts, and all the cars were real, and they didn't use computer generated images. That's awesome to know, and gives George Miller major points in my book.

I also want to touch on what some people, including Vagina Monlogues writer Eve Ensler, refer to as "feminist themes" in Mad Max: Fury Road. First of all, I can see where these people are coming from; as the movie was more about Furioso than Mad Max (Tom Hardy), and she was a total badass. She killed tons of enemies and drove a huge war rig across a desert wasteland to save five other women from the tyranny of Immortan Joe. But then there's the fact that Immoratan Joe has at least five wives, and none of them are portrayed as being exceptionally bright. This movie does nothing to promote feminist values, it simply has a strong female lead character. Which is still cool.

Overall, I would recommend seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, but I don't think it's all that great. Watch it for the special effects and the thrilling action scenes, but don't go in expecting to be amazed by the plot or the screenwriting. If you can bring yourself to ignore the obvious flaws, you'll definitely enjoy this movie.

My Rating: 6/10

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