With gossip blogs buzzing over what is perhaps one of Director George Miller’s best scripted and best cast films, I figured I’d throw my two cents on the latest chapter into the world of Mad Max Rockatansky and the chick-heavy casting choices.
Until I did some research I was unaware that Miller “decided that the reboot will take place in the post-apocalyptic Australia, years after the new Max (Tom Hardy) lost his family, because he did not wish to do a remake or retell the story that had already been told and had wanted to update the universe and the wasteland and wanted new moviegoers to remember Max as a man with nothing to lose after losing his family,” according to IMDB.
This really peaked my interest, so much so that I started to rewatch the old Mel Gibson ones to better understand this dystopian universe.
It was through my binge watching that I discovered that apart from getting a glimpse of Hugh Keays-Byrne in his hey-day – who played both old Max’s nemesis Toecutter and new Max’s nemesis Immortan Joe – the choice to cast a female cast is not too unheard of especially considering that Mel Gibson’s co-star in Beyond Thunderdome is legendary musician Tina Turner.
Also, don’t forget that gang of kids Max gangs up with in Thunderdome.
Even though Miller has a proven track-record of casting strong female characters, IMDB reported that “writer and feminist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) was consulted to enhance the portrayal of female characters.”
My only issue with the new film is that there are only a handful of references to the original Mad Max, most of which are told in the form of flashbacks, in which Max remembers how a gang of bikers killed his wife and newborn child. There is also no appearance of Max’s legendary V8 Interceptor.
Whether or not you saw the old Mad Max trilogy, the new Max plunges you deep into this post-apocalyptic wasteland ruled by the fuel-injected gangs that control it. Fury Road is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave you on the edge of your seat. A lot of fans will also be happy to know that Miller has plans for a sequel entitled Mad Max: Wasteland.