30 years after Thunderdome, Max is back with a vengeance. The bumpy… More30 years after Thunderdome, Max is back with a vengeance. The bumpy production phase with delays, script changes and pretty high costs did not exactly paint a picture of confidence. Thankfully, the result shows no sign of any of that. Fury Road is a kinetic thrill ride, basically a two hour car chase monster truck show with primarily real stunts and practical effects in landscapes and frames so stunningly beautiful you wanna pin them up on your wall.
Tom Hardly is an excellent Max. He talks as little as possible (or can't even for a third of the film) while getting his ass whooped over and over and still getting shit done. Thankfully, the supporting characters are equally strong, especially Charlize Theron, raising the stakes for the task at hand.
The outstanding production design pays homage to all three former films while taking it to whole new levels of insanity and awesomeness. It's like the film itself: really weird, grim,violent, but always fun.
Mad Max Fury Road makes the Fast & Furious films seem like a few toddlers going round a cul de sac on their bobby cars. This perfectly choreographed high-octance ballet of death and destruction is as imaginative and exciting as they come. One of the strongest action films of the last twenty years.
After the first movie made all my comic reading dreams come true on… MoreAfter the first movie made all my comic reading dreams come true on film I went into this with somewhat reduced expectations, because I just couldn't imagine it topping the original. And of course it doesn't. But: at least it's equally amazing.
While it's skipping a potentially interesting part of "how do they all come back together?" in favor of going all in medias res instead, the first few action scenes are so over the top you end up being a little confused. Thankfully, the film soon after finds its footing in the scenes of the aftermath. Again, it is juggling its ever-increasing amount of personnel so perfectly, this time focusing on some who got the short end of the stick the first time around. And the greatest news is: all the trademarks that made the original such a pleasure are back.
Again there is hilarious banter and the Tony snark. Similar to what I said three years ago, it is a great sign when you don't mind slow character-driven scenes because the characters just work and it's fun to see them interact. Thankfully that goes for the new additions too. Just like the first film finally got the Hulk right, it immediately nails Vision, also thanks to the amazing Paul Bettany.
One also had to fear.that a robot villain would not cause the same emotional response Loki did, but Ultron has some of the film's best lines, James Spader's voice acting is excellent.
Again there are a handful of really great laughs leading to spontaneous applause, the best of which is preceded by a scene that made the whole theater gasp in surprise.
There were some aspects I liked better than in the first film, also a few I liked less, but overall Marvel managed to keep up an exceptionally high level of entertainment. Best example may be the showdown: it's basically just a variation of the first, but still always feels fun and exciting, as if you ordered your favorite dish at a beloved restaurant again: lazy, yet comforting and delicious.
More importantly Marvel is expanding its universe once again, all minor characters from former installments have their place here and them showing up adds to the depth and connection of everything down to the TV shows and future additions. That just feels wonderful. One can't help but be excited about what is yet to come, even if the film ends with a pretty fresh and different roster of (New) Avengers already.
There have been a lot of zombie shows recently and it would be… MoreThere have been a lot of zombie shows recently and it would be understandable for people to be tired of the trope by now. This film freshens up things by introducing zombies that are self aware and maybe not entirely gone yet. It finds just the right balance of humor and suspense, being light-hearted while things are still at stake. That makes for a quite charming and entertaining take on the genre. The soundtrack is pretty great, too.
A quiet, slow and dark crime thriller about a robbery and the… MoreA quiet, slow and dark crime thriller about a robbery and the consequences. The cast is well picked and delivers the realistic, sometimes pretty funny and nihilistic lines perfectly. The few bursts of violence are excellently filmed. Ultimately, it is the commentary on the state of the Union that feels a bit forced with political speeches on TVs and radios pretty much throughout the film. Still a worthy and highly entertaining addition to the genre.
Not a bad prequel to Carptenter's classic. Takes its premise, setting… MoreNot a bad prequel to Carptenter's classic. Takes its premise, setting and characters serious enough to work while paying homage to the original. of course, there are plenty of stereotypes owed to the genre conventions, which make it less surprising than it could have been. But it works well enough while it lasts. Especially the creature effects and deaths are pretty gruesome.