Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People


Movie Night!

I don’t watch movies like I used to.  But when I find one I enjoy, I must share it with the world.  So I thought I’d create a new category about the latest movie I popped into my DVD player, or recorded on PVR.

I’m a HUGE Mad Max fan.  I have been ever since I watched Mad Max II:  The Road Warrior.  So when Mad Max:  Fury Road came out, I was skeptical.  In my eyes, only Mel Gibson could play Max.  Plus, I kinda go “hmm” at CGI.  I’m glad to say George Miller (director) proved me wrong.

Yes, there is CGI.  Yes, Tom Hardy has replaced Mel Gibson.  But Mr. Miller pulled it off.  He created an amazing film with great characters and great actors.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Here is the blurb:  A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

As always, Mr. Miller brings interesting and powerful characters as he’s previously done with unique names and looks.  Actress Charlize Theron IS Imperator Furiosa, a woman captured in her youth and now serves as commander of the Citadel.  Her hair is buzz-cut, she uses a prosthetic arm, and is a helluva driver and warrior.  What’s not to like?

Then there is Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne who makes nastiness pretty damn impressive.  Joe rules the Citadel and keeps five beautiful women hostage as his wives.  These stunning ladies’ only purpose is to breed for Joe.  Joe also has two living sons:  Rictus Erectus who is all brawn and no brain, and Corpus Colossus, physically disabled, but super-intelligent.  Nux is part of The War Boys, Joe’s servants and soldiers who are so loyal to their master, they will die for him.

The movie starts with action, and the action doesn’t stop.  What’s key to Miller’s success with his Mad Max films is his care and dedication to the characters.  There isn’t a lot of dialogue, but what they do and don’t say speaks loudly during the films.  And Road Fury isn’t any different.

If you want to experience a movie with a powerful woman hell-bent on saving the lives of five brides, while she fights to return “home” by taking on all-comers with the help of Max, and manages to breathe a trickle of humanity back into his dead soul during the battle, give Mad Max:  Fury Road a watch.

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