Mad Max: Fury Road

3.25 stars (out of 4)

Released 2015

Very little dialogue was required in this film because the almost non-stop action spoke for itself. The plot was simple and easy to follow, and it did not bore me for a second. It also didn’t take long to start feeling sympathy for the characters, even though they were pretty much thrown into the mix without prior introduction.

Since the settings and resources were clearly established early on, when they came into play later, it was logical and satisfying.

Not a complicated story, by any means, but Fury Road was thoroughly fun and thrilling. And it was great to see plenty of girl power balancing out all the testosterone too.

As far as potentially objectionable content goes, I didn’t really find much. Of course there was violence, but the camera did not linger on gory parts or glorify the bloodshed. The most disturbing elements were probably the body deformities and what was considered to be food in the post-apocalyptic environment of the story. Also, no unnecessary profanity, I believe, and no unnecessary romantic subplot either!

The warlord leader of The Citadel was a nasty piece of work, to be sure, but you gotta give credit where it’s due. He certainly knew how to put together a proper war party. Ceremony and a motivational soundtrack are absolutely vital when heading into combat. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about!