Mad Max: Fury Road

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I think the reason I responded to Star Wars so much was because of it's world building. Same response I felt to the LOTR trilogy.

And this is the first time since those movies I had the same response tbh. This is what's been missing for me.
 

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It wasn't until about ten minutes after the movie ended did I start to think it was just about one of the coolest things I've seen in a long while. There was no time for any thought throughout the film itself. A+
 

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Great film.

But people who are already going all fanboy over it with the Flamethrower dude seriously need to piss off. This film belonged to IMPERATOR FURIOSA.

Nobody else comes close.
 

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There's so much more going on with this movie than just the surface.

"For one, there are four characters who embody The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this comparison starts early on when we see the message written in Joe's chambers, "Who killed the world?"

It is apparent that the three main warlords are representative of their chosen "commodity" - water, weapons, & gasoline. Three things that led to the collapse of the world as it was known.

Immortan Joe represents Conquest/Pestilence. We know that he pursues and enslaves people in the Wasteland (i.e. Furiosa's origin) and then turns those conquered people so they view him as god-like and the path to heaven. In this way, he assumes the same duality as the Christian horseman - as both a righteous figure (some interpret Conquest as Jesus spreading the gospel) and an evil figure (some interpret Conquest as a false prophet), and also as an infectious influence like the modern "Pestilence" (he "turns" his slaves into followers).

IJ and his followers also embody Pestilence by their own bodies. They are covered in festering sores, are misshapen and/or disabled, and have tumors from the nuclear radiation (side note: I find it interesting that Fury Road is the first time Miller has basically beaten everyone over the head with "It was global thermonuclear war, dummies!", when the series has only ever strongly hinted at that before).

The Bullet Farmer represents War. This is an easy one but hear me out. The Christian horseman isn't simply the embodiment of all war, it is the embodiment of unchecked aggression and "non-righteous" conflict. In a modern sense,
War is simply unchecked militarism and internecine warfare. The Bullet Farmer doesn't merely represent these qualities, he actively pursues them. When the rest of the group is stuck in the mud and the three warlords have a talk, The People Eater tells him to wait and not hurt the "wives", but instead he goes riding off alone (unchecked aggression) and fires wildly with no regard to who he hits (collateral damage/internecine warfare/"friendly fire").

The People Eater represents Famine. "But he's fat!", you say. Read on, this requires more backstory of the Christian horseman. Famine is generally shown carrying weighing scales to measure grain during a famine. When he appears Saint
John hears an exclamation on the prices of grain, but it then concludes:
"and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine"

Why does the voice say this? It's generally interpreted to mean that luxury goods should remain unaffected by famine, meaning the rich will not suffer, while the poor will. In this way, Famine also embodies the injustice and gluttony of the rich. We see this reflected in the characters surrounding The People Eater - many will resort to eating mutant salamanders, whereas TPE is extremely obese and has major gout, he is obviously well-fed.

TPE also embodies Famine in his name. Throughout history there are recurring episodes of cannibalism practiced by people who were not getting enough nutrients.

So, I bet you're wondering "who's the fourth Horsemen???"....it's Max. Max is Death. Nowhere is this more clear than Max's visions of the dead people he has been unable to "save". He carries the dead with him, leaves people dead in his own path, but can also never be killed himself. Max and Death are both remorseless forces of nature, and that is especially true in Fury Road."

http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/368fkl/fury_road_theory_who_killed_the_world_four/

Along with that there is also the extremely strong feminist message that comes across beautifully in this film, with one simple line,

We are not things.
It's one of the central themes to the greatest action movie of 2015, and probably this decade. It shouldn't have to be said, but it's just as necessary in our reality as it is in this inspired piece of fiction.

If you're offended or perturbed by Fury Road, a movie that shares the spotlight of heroism with women, there are no excuses left. It's time to leave sexism and misogyny behind and embrace the age of the feminist epic where everyone can be chrome and shiny.

Fury Road also has an excellent lesson for men, in how we should be trying to help with feminism instead of trying to make it about ourselves.

This is the message that Fury Road holds for men in the audience. It is an incredible adventure about women seeking to establish justice for themselves in a world that does not view them as being equal. Max and Nux are allies in the cause, but they are not the focus. Their heroism comes in offering assistance and learning to empathize. Their arcs are defined by learning to offer aid without requiring a reward or central role.

Feminism isn’t about men. It’s not our story. It’s not about us. That doesn’t mean we don’t have an important role to play. Fury Road is a reminder that the best thing we can do is extend our hands and ask “How can I help?”
 
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Wow. That was deep, man. Also well written.
 

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Everyone (including general audiences) are raving about the practical effects.


Take the ****ing hint Hollywood.
 

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I only just saw the trailer and it looks amazing. I rarely go the movies anymore but I want to go and see this.
 

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Everyone (including general audiences) are raving about the practical effects.


Take the ****ing hint Hollywood.

I'm not really a car guy, but I love the cars they made for this film.
 

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I'm not really a car guy, but I love the cars they made for this film.

I enjoyed the typical post-apocalyptic aesthetic, but Miller added some new nuances to the mythology with a bit more focus on mutations and the like, with the cars themselves, I really enjoyed how overboard and rock opera he went with it but still managed to ground that as well in a believable reality.

Furiosa and Joe were the standouts for me, just ****ing cool characters.
 

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Kaeb is gushing over a major motion picture?

[video=youtube;sU4mDyj8DSI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU4mDyj8DSI[/video]
 

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It must have had some OT aesthetics
 

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It's just nice to finally see a good major studio flick.

Most films are shite.
 

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He has a right to be. This movie is fantastic. And deserves to make so much more money than it is.
 

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I saw it. I enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me share.
 

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I saw it. I enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me share.

Who killed your enthusiasm?

Edit: Also, earlier opinions are wrong. Go see this in theatres. It's one of the few experiences that are worth it.
 
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Some of my Wastelanders are saying this was surprisingly good in 3D, but I am still suspicious.

I saw it opening night in a DFX screen. Honestly the loudest film I ever saw, but I saw it again and they toned the sound down a bit, and it was much better.


Also, George Miller says more Mad Max is coming

Word is that it'll be a prequel and Immortan Joe will be back.
 

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I'd love to see another movie with Imperator Furiosa.

[youtube]TSuat6MSwT4[/youtube]

And it's good they're talking about making more considering it's not exactly a huge opening monetarily.
 

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Who killed your enthusiasm?

Edit: Also, earlier opinions are wrong. Go see this in theatres. It's one of the few experiences that are worth it.

I didn't think watching it in a theater particularly lent to the movie or not, but then again I can't say I ever have.
 
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