Movie Title: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Date Released: May 21st, 1982
Date Seen: January 8th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
While significantly better than the first movie, I still wouldn’t recommend watching this movie. This movie, unlike the previous, did NOT try to character develop AT ALL. It’s like they were trying to make up for their attempt at over-development in the last movie with none in this movie. Oh well.
Max is a bad ass in this movie, and this movie has significantly more action than the first I thought. About the same amount of plot as the last one, which is relatively none, but I did find this one more enjoyable. I thought the biker gang this time was crazier in the whole costume arena, while idiotic. So that did keep me entertained a bit longer. The movie beings en media res, which is actually good considering how slowly the first move took to get going. There’s a lot of car chases, of course, a feral kid, horrific deaths, a flame thrower, an absurdly beautiful warrior woman, poisonous snakes, and Cindy Lou Who (not really, but a girl with a very “Who” like hairstyle).
This movie I found a significantly more enjoyable watch just for the sheer fact of more explosions, less dumb characters (although they are still rampant, don’t worry!), and it didn’t bore me to tears. So this one you could watch if there was *absolutely* nothing else on.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There is an incredibly detailed synopsis here.
First off, let me just say – ass chaps while riding a motorcycle, what are you thinking, Wez (Vernon Wells)?! That’s just a whole lot of chaffing in inappropriate places waiting to happen. Similarly, Lord Humungus and his skimpy bondage outfit. That can’t be good desert wear nor good combat wear.
Now, some plot points were very confusing, partly due to the lack of dialogue in a good part of the movie. At the gas place, I didn’t realize that the first day, the motorcycle gang was trying to get into the gas place. I just thought they were dicking around outside. So just like one line of dialogue would have fixed that. Also, again, like the last movie, people are stupid. Why would you send out scouts literally the day after you had a huge motorcycle gang trying to break in? that wasn’t very smart. So once again I’m kind of on team bad guys for being smarter than the good guys. Also, the pilot type guy – I’m unsure why after Max was so much of a dick to him that he ended up helping Max. I guess if you’re lonely. Whatever.
One of my favorite scenes was when they are yelling across the compound about how the truck is – the two guys that were doing the actual yelling were pretty hilarious in both costume and just in what they were saying.
Significantly better than the first one, although that’s not saying much. Still a completely shitty movie with no plot and idiotic main characters. But this one has a feral kid, so that pumps it up, right?