Mad Max: Fury Road – with super detailed plot summary

I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan of the Mad Max franchise.  I’ve seen the previous three and enjoyed them, but not enough to11110866_658246694280855_1682386295316885693_o buy them on video or DVD.  They’re fun, and if they’re on TV, I’ll probably dip in and out of them.

It’s thirty years since the last instalment and I was curious to see what, if anything, had changed and how modern tech would insinuate itself on to what is essentially a low-tech world.

Well, in technology’s favour, Mad Max: Fury Road looks absolutely stunning. It is quite staggeringly beautiful and it’s rare that a sequence like, say, the ride into the sandstorm will have me gasping in awe.

But that is pretty much all it had in it’s favour.  Well, almost all.  I’ll get to that in a bit.

The thing is, that other than the explosions, Mad Max one, two and three did actually have plots.  They may have been slight and sometimes very silly, but they had a plot; there was a story to tell.  This didn’t.  It was an extended chase scene with no plot, no characterisation and no real point.

However dumb a movie, however dumb the story, a plot is essential.  If it doesn’t have one of those, you might as well not bother.

What weirded me out more than anything though, was that this was essentially a remake of Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” video on a much bigger budget. At one point, there was a chant of “Wars Boys, War Boys, War Boys” and I swear to god, I expected Simon Le Bon to turn up in an oh-so-ironic cameo. Strangely, when he didn’t, I felt a bit cheated.

One of the points of interest was the supposed “feminist agenda”. I can’t really say I saw one and to be honest, knowing that Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues” had been consulted to make sure the script was . . .shit I can’t even finish that sentence.  There was virtually no script to polish.  Most of the women said nothing, or nothing of any consequence, but then neither did the men, so I guess equality was achieved….

I really cannot see that a movie where the MacGuffin is five scantily clad women can be called anything approaching a “feminist agenda”.

Maybe it’s because Charlize Theron had a lead role?  Is that it?   A strong woman at the helm?  Well, that’s fine and dandy, I love a good movie with a non-white-heterosexual-male lead, but don’t make out this movie is anything ‘other’, or anything ‘radical’ or ‘feminist’. If you cast your mind back thirty years to Beyond Thunderdome, you may remember that Tina Turner played a major role as a strong woman. I’m failing to see what the difference is.

Except maybe that society has changed and what wasn’t an issue thirty years ago  is now. Isn’t that kind of sad?   Isn’t it even more sad that groups like ‘Men’s Liberation’ have come out with the gloriously deluded statement that George Miller “put explosions in the movie to trick men into seeing feminist propaganda”? Is that really what we’ve become?

But the real kicker is that the movie stops for a moment, then turns round and does exactly the same again, has the same fights with the same people, this time with some feisty old women in tow.

Throwing more strong women in isn’t the empowering thing it might be. And the heavy handed rebirth metaphor really only goes to emphasise the lack of anything approaching a plot.

But what of Max?

What indeed.  He wasn’t really needed.   The movie could quite easily have gone along without him being there.  His entire positive contribution to the whole movie is one brief exchange between him and Charlize Theron three quarters of the way through. Absolutely everything else he did could quite easily have been done by someone else. A female character, maybe.  You know, an actual *character* not a cypher or selling point.

And I think that might be what rankles.  This movie, for all it’s protestations of containing strong women, still had to rely on a man to get them out of trouble. Had another strong woman taken the part, it would have been a movie with a bit more of a point.  It just felt like the “Mad Max” name had been shoe-horned in to make a female led movie viable.  And that’s kind of sad as it is very much Charlize Theron’s movie and could have been much better without Tom Hardy in tow.

 

PLOT SUMMARY

 

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“Bugger. I’ve been caught!”

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“Someone has escaped!”

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“Now I’m free to run with a rag-tag group of women!”

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“We got away”

“We should go back”

“We’ll take these old women with us, they’re a metaphor for rebirth”

“Okay”

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“I’m one of the bad guys and I changed sides.  Doesn’t look good for me, does it?”

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“Well, we’re back and the bad guy’s dead”.

“Didn’t we lose someone?”

“Yeah he died heroically”

“Right.”

“Bye then”.

 

End

 

But yeah.   It looked amazing.

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