Movie Title: Mad Max
Director: George Miller
Date Released: April 12th, 1979 (Australia)
Date Seen: July 8th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie starts out by saying “in a few years…” rather than specifying a date. I love that. Why? Just for the sole fact that now when I watch movies and they have a date, I chuckle a little bit at whatever it is. So I just like the absence of that chuckle to start off the movie. I also like seeing Mel Gibson so young – he’s so cute – what happened?! Old age and some crazy… that’s what. There we go, I’ve now discussed all that I enjoyed about the movie. So let’s just move on now.
So I literally just finished this movie. And I’m not sure what happened? Why? I didn’t care. At all. I was rooting way more for the “bad” guy the whole time than I was Max and his friends. They just seemed way more interesting.
The only reason I watched this movie is because they’re making a Mad Max 4 with Charlize Theron. So I figured I needed to watch this one…. and I *guess* I’ll watch the others. But that is the ONLY reason to watch them. Or just watch them and be on team Toecutter, like I was. The movie is slow, the characters aren’t likeable, which is a main point of concern. I’m a huge fan of dystopian societies and those type of movies – but I hated this one. I don’t suggest you waste any time on it at all.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
So obviously, I didn’t like this movie because I found it too slow. They also spent an incredible amount of time trying to character develop… without there actually being any character development. Maybe I’m just in a weird mood, but I literally zoned completely out of the movie and was playing games on my phone I was so bored.
The beginning, it looked good, with that first car chase where they’re all chasing Nightrider, but then it just went down hill. There was wayyyyyy too much time spent trying to develop the characters, such as Max and the wife, but it failed. I didn’t learn anything about them, partly because they were just so damn boring. Because of this, I didn’t pay much attention to the movie, because I didn’t care. I found myself rooting for the motorcycle gang and Toecutter, because they were 1. Interesting and 2. Competent, unlike the police force.
So I read in the IMDb plot summary that they kill his best friend – so the blond guy with the hurt leg was his best friend? I totally missed that whole relationship. I mean, I got they worked together but not “best friend” status. Seeing him all burned up to me was the only hint at that.
The gang goes after the wifey after she is a stupid bitch and decides to knee the hot guy… I mean the gang leader…. in the balls and waste perfectly good ice cream. I mean seriously, you had a hot guy that you brought to the yard with your ice cream cone – you didn’t even need a milkshake, and here you go wasting BOTH the ice cream and the hottie? Nice going, dumbass. So yes, I wanted them to get her. I wanted her to die. She annoyed me. And everyone else (the cop, Max, etc.) just seemed so stupid.. .”oh yeah, whatever, it doesn’t matter you ripped off this angry bikers arm, that will in NO way matter at all…” ugh.
So wifey and baby end up getting killed by the gang, and then Max decides to go and kill them all.
And he does. One interesting kill was the last guy, who he handcuffs his ankle to a car that’s going to catch on fire. He says he can spend 10 minutes sawing through the handcuffs or 5 through his ankle….. I was just thinking “Ah man, now I want to go watch Saw…”.
Sue me. I didn’t like it. I was bored. It failed to have me care about the characters, and I actually found myself preferring the villain to the title hero. I might watch this again just to see if I still feel this way, but for now, meh. No thanks. And as someone who loves dystopian societies, post apocalyptic, etc. type movies, I am surprised I didn’t like it.