The Coincidental Critic

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Welcome to the Madness of A Technical Masterpiece (SPOILERS)

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Story

At the very start of Mad Max: Fury Road, there was a short prologue, informing us of the world we were about to enter.  We heard some audio clips and saw a few images of a damaged society.  This gave us insight into the world of the story in a quick and efficient manner before the plot actually began.

The first time we saw Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, we saw the back of her head.  She was walking away from us, and immediately, my eyes were drawn to the brand on her neck – the same symbol we saw being branded onto Max just moments before.  Instantly, I became curious.  Who was this character?

After Furiosa defeated Immortan Joe, she was left seriously injured.  We saw her lose consciousness as Max began a blood transfusion.  In the next scene, we watched Max drive up to the Citadel.  After he uncovered Immortan Joe’s dead body, Furiosa emerged from the car.  She survived!  This scene was so triumphant.

We never saw what happened after the women arrived at the Citadel.  While I was a bit disappointed, it worked well for the film.  It’s titled Mad Max, and Max’s story did not take place at the Citadel.  At the end, he didn’t join the women, but went his own way.

Out of all the characters in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nux was my favorite.  He showed the most growth, and I really sympathized with him.

Sounds

Mad Max: Fury Road was an auditory feat.  The sound effects were impressive and essential to the great storytelling.  There were so many interesting and unique sounds in this film: the cars, chains, water, explosions, and gunshots.  In particular, I love how whenever a gunshot was fired near Max’s ear, a high-pitched noise would resonate.  This was realistic and put us in Max’s shoes.

One great scene was when Max awoke after the sandstorm had passed.  He emerged from the sand and was extremely disoriented – Tom Hardy (Max) did a great job in expressing this.  Putting us inside Max’s head, the sounds were slightly muffled.  All we could hear was the sand sliding off of Max and his steady, pulsing heartbeat.

A heartbreaking scene in Mad Max: Fury Road was when Furiosa realized that the Green Place may no longer exist.  She was surrounded by the Many Mothers, but ignored their presence as the information sank in.  All the voices sounded like they were off in the distance.  The camera focused on Furiosa as she walked away from the group, kneeled down in the sand, and screamed.  We never heard her scream; we only heard the powerful score.  The strings crescendoed, and played a slow, somber melody.

Overall, the musical score was both beautiful and complex.  The high tense scenes had more rock elements with their electric sounds and heavy drums.  In contrast, the music in quieter and sadder scenes had more classical elements with slow, powerful string sections.  The score added emotion to each scene.  It was a character of its own.

Sights

The sets in Mad Max: Fury Road were larger than life.  I can’t even being to imagine all the work that went into creating the sets, but it definitely paid off.

My favorite shots in Mad Max: Fury Road were the sweeping bird’s-eye views.  We’d view a scene from far away, up in the sky.  We could see all the war vehicles and for once, it was silent.  It was almost beautiful.

The most visually stunning scene was the one with the sandstorm.  It was huge and frightening, yet beautiful.  The colossal billows of sand and the streaks of colored light were mesmerizing.

I’m glad that director George Miller didn’t rely on too much CGI.  It made the props and sets more realistic and all the more impressive.

The make-up and costume crew did a great job in creating the character of Furiosa.  She was dirty and beat up.  Her eyes were red and glazed over.  It looked like she hadn’t slept in weeks.

Overall

I was worried that Mad Max: Fury Road was going to be too violent for me.  And while, it was full of fighting and explosions, it didn’t bother me.  The battle scenes were epic and the characters were even more interesting.  I was sucked into the madness.  Mad Max: Fury Road is an artistic masterpiece; no wonder it won so many Academy Awards.

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