To tell the simple truth…I really had no interest in this movie until about a week ago. I’d never seen any of the originals from decades ago, and wasn’t entirely sure what this one was about. But then the reviews happened, and oh did they happen in a big way: 98% on Rotten Tomatoes! Summer blockbusters don’t get that kind of rating, heck, movies as a whole rarely get that high. Couple that with good word of mouth from some friends and the fact that Tom Hardy plays the lead, and I decided to give it a try.
The newest Max is set in a desert landscape/world where civilization has already fully collapsed. Survivors are more or less slaves to a ruler at ‘the Citadel’, where fresh water and greens are found. Charlize Theron plays the true lead in this film, a character named Imperator Furiosa, who deviates off of a plan to save five wives of the evil overlord. Trust me, it’s as weird as it sounds. From there, Max joins her race across the barren lands to get these young women to a safer place, and as you might expect, the overlord and his minions are chasing them the entire way.
This movie is insanely over-the-top in every single scene, or, almost every single scene, and it doesn’t try to shy away from that fact. It fully embraces its weirdness and steps on the gas to keep on moving. There were things that were so odd and so unexplained that I can’t even really describe them because I don’t think they had a huge impact on what was going on. But, a number of times, I did question…what the hell is going on? It’s a gigantic, steroid-infused car chase, but there were problems that I couldn’t get over.
For one, I just couldn’t get over the bizarre nature of the entire spectacle. Now, there are scenes and action sequences that are pretty fun to watch, that’s for sure. But from start to finish, it just struck me as being way too bizarre for no exact reason, and I never bought into it. I wanted to like it, I really did, but the story and the characters, the names and the guitar player shooting fire out of his guitar during a car chase, and….well you get the point. And secondly, and perhaps most importantly, I felt nothing towards any of the characters. One of the most important things in any movie is to feel some sort of emotion or attachment towards someone on the screen, and that never happened in Max. Theron was stone-faced and had a back-story that was brought up as what almost felt like a tiny addition at the last-minute of writing the script. And Max himself…almost nowhere to be found in terms of dialogue. There were moments I thought it was Hardy doing his Bane voice again with all the guttural noises, grunts, and very short speaking moments.
I was hoping Max would be a surprise hit of the summer for me, and that 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and positive word-of-mouth would all be true. However, it was just not my style I suppose, as I sort of expected. There were enjoyable moments, but, collectively the film itself wasn’t as entertaining as I wanted, and provided very little in terms of characters to like (or dislike). And yeah…it was too weird for me.
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