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Mad Max: Fury Road is currently playing in theaters

Mad Max Fury Road

 

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Rated R

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.”

Well I suppose it is time to write about Mad Max: Fury Road. I saw this on opening weekend but put off writing about it because I read two near-perfect reviews of it (one on themarysue, one somewhere else) that already said what I wanted to say. Then all of a sudden it was everywhere that Fury Road was a feminist movie (somewhat ironic when you consider that noted misogynist Mel Gibson was the star of the original series).

I really enjoyed that Fury Road used one of my favorite plot devices, a story where the protagonist is not the hero. Here he isn’t even the main character. My other favorite plot device is the unreliable narrator but I digress. Max (Tom Hardy) has very little dialogue and most of that is used up in an initial voiceover to set our stage.

Fury Road goes quite a bit further than the Bechdel test. The women have almost all of the dialogue in the movie and the majority of the time they are speaking to each other. Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is our actual hero though the women she is escorting to safety and freedom are heroes as well, with wonderful individual personalities.

The wives of Immortan Joe, our main villain, are all clearly victims of sexual abuse and slavery yet there are no rape or sexual assault scenes in the movie. This movie is how you handle this topic if it needs to be handled – I’m looking at you Game of Thrones. Immortan Joe is actually played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the villainous Toecutter in the original Mad Max.

The stunts are jaw-dropping. I came out of the movie wondering how many people died making it. I then realized that I didn’t actually want that question answered. There is still quite a bit of supplemental CGI, especially the incredible sandstorm sequence, but the CGI supports the action and doesn’t detract from it.

I also appreciate that creator/writer/director George Miller did not compromise his vision. In a vast sea of carefully neutered PG-13 movies, Fury Road’s R-rating is a welcome sight. Yes, he probably could have trimmed each individual scene of violence down enough to get the coveted PG-13 rating but the vision of the film came before the compromise of the rating.

Fury Road does feature Miller’s fascination with grotesqueries so that may be a bit offputting for some. The prevalent violence and R-rating will deter others. The plot is also very simplistic, just a thin tissue to keep our characters on the move.

Fury Road is a very violent, feminist action movie where the chase scene lasts the entire two hours and I find nothing wrong with that.

Deal Flicks and Flicks Deals

Every summer I put a lot of thought and effort into making the movies as cheap as possible. This year I have a ton of certificates lined up for all of those wonderful summer movies.

Groupon

Groupon, in my area and many others, is offering reduced prices on DealFlicks certificates. $13.99 for $20 worth of Dealflicks and you can purchase two at this price. Now that may not seem like much of a discount but Groupon regularly runs 20% off specials. On top of that DealFlicks prices are already quite discounted. The amount varies by theater but this comes out pretty cheap in my neck of the woods.

Dealflicks

Dealflicks drawback is that it is only accepted by certain theaters. In my area Epic of Hendersonville and Carolina Cinemas both accept them. Carolina essentially harges the same ticket price but you get a FREE small popcorn. Epic’s tickets are usually discounted by 20%. Opening weekends are typically excluded as are Sony films.

Avengers Age of Ultron

Curse you Kellogg’s!

Kellogg’s did a major tie-in with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Specially marked boxes of cereal contained codes as did boxes of Pop-Tarts. Collect six codes for a FREE $6 ticket to Avengers or any other movie. Yes, it says that on the ticket – Avengers Age of Ultron or any other movie. This deal was not very good as it took too many codes and produced a $6 coupon (matinees here are $8). However, I did get enticed because a single Pop-Tarts code netted you a Funko Avengers bobblehead. I found my Tarts at Target.

They also had a special with Wal-Mart. Purchase specially marked 24 packs of Eggo waffles ($4) and get a $10 ticket for Avengers or any other movie. Limit three per person/family. I now have about 60 Eggo pucks in my freezer. Please note: each transaction must be on a separate receipt.

Speaking of the mart of walls, they have an endcap in their electronic section with movies that have movie money attached. Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome are $5 and come with $5 Mad Max money. A bunch of Paramount movies come with $7.50 in movie money that can be used on any movie.

 

2015 – Squee! or Sequelitis

Hollywood loves Marc. Well, Hollywood loves 50 year old Marc’s money and is willing to give him what he wanted when he was 15. Certainly I can hear critics bemoaning the lack of originality in 2015’s film slate but I am seriously excited.

Avengers Age of Ultron

I am looking forward to the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy (it seems more his than Tolkien’s at this point). I am not however excited by it. This holiday season has seen the release of trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Star Wars Episode 7. I am VERY excited about all three of these. In fact by this time next year, I would expect to own the first two on Blu-ray and be just a short time from seeing the third in theaters.

Jurassic World

As if all of this were not enough of reliving my childhood, we get a brand new Mad Max film in May, a new Terminator film in July, and yet still another James Bond movie in November (this one with Christoph Waltz as Blofeld!). With these and others, my movie theater bill is going to be terrible next year.

Star Wars Force Awakens

On the other hand, I can see where original ideas may be completely squeezed out. In addition to the above, we have the following numbered sequels releasing next year: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Woman in Black 2, Taken 3, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Insidious 3, Ted 2, Sinister 2, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Mission Impossible V, and Resident Evil 6.

Unnumbered sequels, continuations, remakes, and reboots include (but are certainly not limited to): Cinderella (live action), Paranormal Activitiy: The Ghost Dimension, Divergent: Insurgent, Entourage, The Transporter Legacy (without Statham boo!), Magic Mike XXL, Minions, Pan, Poltergeist, Point Break, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Hitman Agent 47, London Has Fallen (sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), The Jungle Book, Vacation, Peanuts, and an untitled Friday the 13th sequel.

All of this makes 2015 exciting to me for the sheer comfort of returning to my childhood. I am sure there will be some original delights, diamonds in the rough but, regardless, I will be satisfied with all the bright, shiny things.