12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Why I am so chuffed about “Mad Max: Fury Road” · Categories: Film and Stuff, Film-related · Tags: ,

BlairShort answer – George Miller nailed it the first time.  In the true spirit of indie film making he made the film he wanted to make doing whatever he had to do to pay for it. Lots of stories around how he raised the reported $400K he needed (including offering his services as a medical doctor in exchange for cash).  The Australian government of the day only issued grants for “artistic” films – not berserk actions films.   So he persevered, raised the money he needed privately and rest is history.  Mad Max went on to gross over 100 million dollars worldwide and was the benchmark for profitability for over 20 years (until Blair Witch showed up).

What he created was something that I had never really seen before – a film that felt as crazy as most of the post-apocalyptic characters that inhabited that particular landscape.  Working with limited resources, improvising camera techniques as he went along, with innovative stunt work (being an emergency room doctor no doubt inspiring the stunt-men) and nothing but physical film effects (no CGI in 79) Miller created a believable world for his protagonist.  Mel Gibson (looking about 19) was an inspired choice to play Max.  His characters have long hinted at inner turmoil and rage and that comes across well in this film.

Mad Max:Fury Road promises to take what was done the first time and simply make it bigger and better.  Working with a 140 Million dollar budget this time Miller is sticking to what worked the first time – namely physical effects rather than CGI, constructing the narrative around one long chase, archetypical characters (choosing the amazing Tom Hardy as Max was inspired).  If you believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then the original Mad Max was very flattered – about a zillion (mostly crappy) imitations came out afterwards.  For Miller to step in and reboot the film that made him famous in the first place after a long and distinguished career bodes well for its success.  Sure it isn’t Shakespeare but as he proved in his little indie all those years ago still capable of artistic greatness.

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