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I need to rave about Mad Max Fury Road, so bear with me.

It was awesome. I went in expecting hardcore action and kickass ladies, but I got so much more.

Yes, it has one long action scene at the start, a somewhat calm middle, and then another long action scene at the end, but somehow it manages to tell an interesting story throughout. It doesn't make any sense when I say it, it has to be seen to be understood.

The movie is surprisingly sympathetic towards its characters. They're complex and develop naturally. Even the psychotic War Boys who dream of dying violently in battle have proper backstories that make them more sympathetic, even if we can't forgive their behavior. 

It's very much a "show, don't tell" movie though. They don't tell us the war boys are just misguided and ignorant little kids who have been brainwashed by Joe. They show us the war pups as they are before they become war boys, and how desperate the war boys are for Joe's attention.

The five wives aren't just five identical women. They have personalities, stories, and skills that make them stand out from each other. They are victims of rape, but aren't shown as victims. They're shown as survivors. They can't fight like Furiosa, but they participate and help her and Max as good as they can (You are going to love them for pulling Max's chain).

Max is indeed mad, and doesn't magically turn sane at the end of the movie, though it helps him to have a purpose. He only grunts and gesticulate in the beginning, but slowly starts to talk more as Furiosa helps him to focus and not get too lost in his own head.

If that sort of thing interests you, it's also worth mentioning that Furiosa and Max's relationship isn't sexual, but very femdom'y non the less. She's very calm and has an air of power around her which Max responds to. She doesn't have to yell or bark orders at him, he knows she's better than him and does as he's told without question (after he starts to trust her, that is). This obviously isn't the standard dynamic between men and women in this universe (just look at Nux and Capable together, who are adorable btw) but it's the most natural thing for Furiosa and Max. They're both badasses, respect each other, and they both benefits from this dynamic (She gets the help of a tough guy, and he gets a clearer head when she tells him what to do). And I'm far from the only one who picked up on this. If you look up Furiosa/Max fanfiction you'll notice every single one has some level of femdom. I'm not pretending Mad Max is a femdom movie, but it follows a lot of femdom tropes (The scene where Max acts as Furiosa's rifle stand is the most obvious).

So yeah, if you actually care to pay attention to anything other than the explosions (which are awesome) Mad Max Fury Road is so much more than just action and violence. It comments on things like how young men are expected to kill themselves for the greater good, how women are treated as things, how we can all be blinded by fanatical religion if we're born into the wrong crowd, and so on.

Or in other words, I cried three times while watching it. I didn't expect that.
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alizardbreath Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
If you think Fury Road was good, you should watch the original trilogy. Just as awesome, with more story to them
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Jude-R Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Aaaaaaaaand.... now I want to watch it again.
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Qarthos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
My heart reaches out to yours, shiny and chrome.

Time to start working on a desert fey outfit I guess...
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Ze-Saol Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Writer
I love how this is explained. I'm glad for the relationship between Nux and Capable because it was simple, it was a type of relationship that was comforting. 
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NotARealTablet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find the rife scene fanatic! ive seen it so many times in movies and is portrayed as real big "trust me " scene which shows how much max and Furiosa's relationship has grown!but also something i picked up on (it may not be important) but max isnt the one taking the shot.max trusts that Furiosa is probably going to use the last bullet better than himself and willing gives the gun to her.he attemps but doesnt get the shot he needs so instead of the usual trope where /magically/ he mans up and makes the last shot HE HANDS IT OVER.again another reversal of the tropes set in big action-y movies!
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Kayanya Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I still haven't watched the movie (they only seem to show it in 3D here, I can't stand 3D screenings), but I'll rent the DVD as soon as it will be released!
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Thrasirshall Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^^^^^ALL OF THIS ENITRE JOURNAL ^^^^^

I actually could not describe how -awesome- Mad Max was to anyone, other then just begging them to go see it. 

But you explained it perfectly.
By the gods did it move me, and have me so close to tears at that badass, but absolutely adorable and motherly old woman near the end. 
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RelwarcTheMighty Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Definitely a brilliant movie! Hard to believe that George Miller is 70 but his action movie-making skills are better than ever (also hard to believe his only recent work is Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the city, lol).
I read an interview where George was surprised at the reaction to his film as far as the male-female dynamic was concerned. As funny as it is to imagine he set out to tell an action story and told a feminist story by mistake I think he had to be at least somewhat conscious of it, especially where the Many Mothers are concerned. But yeah, he never hits you over the head with anything he says in it.
I just realised now how monosyllabic Max was at the start of the movie and only gradually starts talking more. And I've seen it twice. I like when there's new things to notice in a movie, which is so rare nowadays.
All in all a great movie! Anyone else excited for Mad Max 5?
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Chuchkit Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I honestly didn't think about it until I read that. I mean, when I first saw the rifle scene I was all like YASSS but I didn't really understand why, but now I do: it's total femdom. I believe I have things to go read now, so thanks for that.
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AskBriannaWolfia Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was planning on seeing this movie, anyway, but it sounds 10 times better when explained a bit.
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tower-junkie-Shark Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
YES. Saw this on Monday, and you hit every good thing about this movie. It just has to be seen to be believed. My brain has been buzzing about this movie all week, and I can't wait to see it again. I wanted to see it because of all of the fuss about guys crying about the "FEMINIST PROPAGANDA" in the movie (plus explosions and car chases), but wow. Just, there is so much going for this movie. The acting also adds to it, everyone does a fantastic job. And for being over two hours, it didn't feel like it dragged at all. I was engaged the entire time, and really became invested in all the characters. There were some times during the climax of the movie where I found myself holding my breath actually. Highly recommend.
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OffensiveDefender Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved every minute of it, seriously. Glad you enjoyed it too!
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meablie Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
I had to get out of the cinema after a half an hour into the movie. Too dystopic and fast paced for 8-months-pregnant me. My husband and sister enjoyed it very much though.
I might be able to watch the film at home later, though. At least after your explanation of it. Thanks for this, I'd like to watch it now. :)
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Perasperaadast Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Glad they stayed true with the storyline. He's not a hero he just does whatever benefits him in the end. I'm 16 but my dad is a huge fan of the series and when he introduced me to it I watched the series over and over again. When I saw the trailer last year I thought "Oh man, please don't mess this up." And then they delivered it on a chrome plater. 
In other words...GET YOUR ASS TO THAT MOVIE!!!!!
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thebacongirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
the more i read about the movie, the more i want to see it.  i really appreciate your point of view on it, and that last paragraph (second last?) really kind of hit home, in a way.  not sure how to describe the feeling...  anyway! thank you.
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DanielsCustomizables Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WHAT A DAY! WHAT A LOVELY DAY! This movie is so awesome!
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cookiebon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
YEAH, I've just seen it for the second time and still amazing *__* still discovered new things

ADORED the music, the colours, the speed and oh my god, i love the girls and Nux and gnoah... it's absolutely awesome. Full stop.
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Void-Hamlet-Herself Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Miller loves Mad Max and it shows. It's beautifully crafted, with some technically astounding camera shots (relatively few CGI effects; and that coming from the same guy who directed Happy Feet). :o 
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Lily-Lucid Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So based on what you've wrote: there's no sex, and nobody KISSES at the end? Now I REALLY wanna see this movie.

I'm serious, though. I'm sick of seeing sex in every action movie.
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DionneMars93 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you; now I wanna watch it.... :T
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Annqueru Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Cool. Now I'm curious to watch it :)
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MattDark Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Was such a great movie.  I honestly went in expecting it to be your standard action-flick, but it ended up having a far greater story than I first thought.
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Takimashou Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You have made me want to watch this movie
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Pokey-Bunny Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I've been hesitant to watch it, but maybe I should.
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Elle-Oh-Elle Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
I've never heard "Rant" used in a positive context before, huh. I've been hearing the same things as this review from everyone; explosions, awesome, femdom, which frankly is not a trioI see much in movies, so this is exciting.
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humon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Changed it. It's just my English not being up to date. ;)
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I fucking love this movie. 

One of the best I've seen in a long time. It's not perfect, by any means, but then what movie is? There are some issues with the pacing and the ending felt a bit too rushed, but it wasn't nearly enough to ruin the experience.

I love how they follow the 'show don't tell' method for plot and characte building. But, at the same time they never show too much. Sure, there's lots of action and explosions and fire, but it never actually gets violent. There's hardly any blood to be seen and almost no gore at all. I don't mind blood and gore and violence, but I also appreciate a director who doesn't fall into relying on it.

And they imply vulgarity without ever showing it either. Like, you know the women focussed in the movie are essentially held as sex slaves, and so you know that they've been raped for who knows how long or how many times. But at no point in the movie do you see it. Or even hear it directly, no one actually says the words, but you know it. Also at no point are any women shown to be in comprimising positions. There are NO "fan service" ( which of course means 'fan-boy service ) shots to be seen ANYwhere.

And no one fucking kisses at the end!! Holy shit, that is so refreshing!

AND!! And, and, and!!!!!

AND THERE IS NO SHAKEY CAM!!

AAaaaaaaAAAAAAuuuuuUUUUuuuugggghhhhhh!!

 :D
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The dynamic between Furiosa and Max was (in my mind at least) enhanced and made more realistic because of the lack of romance/sexual tension/etc. And I totally agree, Nux and Capable were super adorable. The "show, don't tell" comment was super on point: we're given names, a tiny glimpse at Max's backstory, and that's all; with most movies, we rely on the backstory to help the characters to move forward, but not with this one. We meet them, and we watch them. And it's glorious. 
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I wanna see it. I'm not even a moviegoer.
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Chichok Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
The sheer fact that both you and Maddox loved this movie is more than enough evidence for me to watch this movie.
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RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I really want to see this film now!
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JBHarker Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really happy to see this. I've been wanting to see the movie and this gives me hope.
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Amelie-Barbour Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Big screen - 3D - worthwhile
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I just realized... i saw this in 3D... And it actually looked GOOD.

I find 3D in the theater tends to look a bit blurry around the edges. I don't know exactly what factors into that, but this filmed looked spectacular.
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Amelie-Barbour Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it only went over the top with 3D when it was over the top. Otherwise the 3D was just incidental and not painful.

Also see: Tron: Legacy.
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Manizu Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Hmm...I didn't expect it to be good, but reading this, I might have to rent it later.
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Amelie-Barbour Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do the 3D. It was well done and not like the movies that keep throwing 3Dness in your face over and over.
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Manizu Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Oh...thank you!
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please, I beg you, do not do yourself the diservice of not experiencing the film on the big screen. You don't have to see it in 3D or anything. But if you don't see i on the big screen at least once, you are going to kick yourself for it later.

;)
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Manizu Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Ah...thanks for the advice, then! :D
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Kab040 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
I have to agree with most everything this "rant' said. That being said, Humon I think you have left out one critical piece the sheer awesomeness that is the DOOF Warrior. 
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Lga-Eg Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never commented before (i'm mostly always short of words) but cannot stay silent now xD
The funniest thing was when someone from beind told "what a nonsence" at the end xD Made me and my husband laugh. Because we loved the movie absolutelly! It's just as you say it - I went there for action and got so much more!
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WannabeBoxer Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Mad Max great, Hevy like movie.Dalokohs Chocolate Bar Icon Blu V1 Very gud with Dalokohs.
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Battleaxegirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
This movie was such a delicious surprise..... It's beatiful, in so many ways (characters, filmography, action... etc etc) You've said it. It needs to be watched
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OdinVonD Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Glad to hear you feel that way! I loved it too! 
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the great review! I love your cartoons, so I trust your judgement. I probably would have skipped this movie if it weren't for your intelligent review!
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Jeimii-chan719 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Writer
Hm, sounds interesting. I'm going to go look it up.
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TeriyakiOxO Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Humon I think you confused the word "rant" for "rave". You rant when something is bad and pisses you off, you rave when something is awesome and makes you happy.
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esemese Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
And what was the rant on this?
I was expecting some talk about this stupid issue with some people saying this movie emasculate men, which is a pretty stupid argument.... when obviously, as you named it... is about people being badass, whether they're male or female, they al are, and have to be in this world.
And for the first time in a "cliché" action kind of movie, isn't about the damsel in distress being saved by the badass hero, is about the damsels in distress being their own heroes, in their own ways (Max included, and yeah a leader had to be named, Furiosa)... which is just pretty damn awesome. I loved this movie so much!
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Twilight16Master Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so wait, it actually IS a Feminist movie? :D ok, now I gotta see it.
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