|Is it? IS IT?!|
Hello friends and welcome back to a new week of tags, lines, and the tags that are also lines. That's right, it's the Tagline! Over the weekend I got out to that most sacred of places, the movie theater, and saw Mad Max: Fury Road, not to be confused with my anthro fanfiction Mad Max: Furry Road. Starring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, former law enforcer, former family man, current wasteland wanderer and serious hallucinator. During his almost 100% insane wandering through the irradiated wasteland that is the outback, Max is set upon by the warboys, servants of the legit nuts Immortan Joe, a demagogue who is a divine figure for his followers. Max is used as a living blood bag for a warboy, and taken along in pursuit of Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), one of Joe's enforcers who has gone rogue and abducted Joe's child brides, in an attempt to lead them to the green place, which we can all assume probably doesn't exist. Max is caught up in this extremely violent desert chase, as you are no doubt familiar by now this is a common occurrence in his life out in the Australian desert hellscape.
|This is a troubled man.|
|She is one seriously bad lady.|
Aside from the original Mad Max, I don't think that any other movie in the franchise is MORE about Max than Fury Road. Spoilers ahead, but after the events of the first movie, and the death of Max's family, he becomes basically a being that exists only to keep existing. This is the person we meet at the beginning of Fury Road, someone who remarks that "hope is a mistake." The events of the movie are important because they help to bridge a gap that a lot of people felt existed between Max's personality in The Road Warrior, and his behavior in Beyond Thunderdome. Judging by the fact that Max begins Fury Road with his car, and sporting injuries fresh from The Road Warrior. The movie rather adeptly explains how Max becomes the person we see in Bartertown. While the main action might not be about Max, and while he might not be personally invested per se, the movie is very much a journey for him as a character.
|Immortan Joe? Or Toecutter?|
The point is, Fury Road accomplishes what many movies try but few ever manage. It is an amazing action movie, of singular purpose that also is a fantastic character study. It also features a stunning female lead who is just a plain stunning lead. That all by itself would be worthy of note, but it's so much more than that. You should see it. You should see it many times. Go now.