Movie Title: Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Date Released: July 10th, 1985
Date Seen: March 6th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I’d definitely say this is the worst, plot wise, of the three Mad Max films, but I enjoyed it more than the first one. I hated the first one. You can find my review of Mad Max here and Mad Max 2 here.
It felt like this movie they just sat down and thought “OK, now, let’s think of some ridiculous characters…. pig killer…. midget riding the back of a big special guy…. gang of kids….. Tina Turner…..” “OK, now let’s throw them all in a movie together…. somehow….” It didn’t work very well. And felt like parts of the movie had NOTHING to do with the rest of it. It was just meh.
It was a fun watch for some ridiculous scenes, however, such as the Thunderdome scene. Two men enter, one man leaves. They fight to the death in an arena while attached to bungee cords that bounce them around it – grabbing weapons at various places in the dome at the same time. It was a bit ridiculous but awesome at the same time.
Mel Gibson played Mel Gibson with Braveheart hair in the beginning of the movie. Tina Turner’s character was hilarious, but she did a good job at it. The kids were a bit ridiculous, especially their manner of speaking. Overall, meh.
Part 2 – In Depth/Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a good synopsis here.
I had a few random thoughts in Barter town. Did anyone else notice that all of Aunty’s laws rhyme? I kept thinking to myself “Hey, I’m Tina Turner, I do what I want… bitch.” Her laws also focused around the most ridiculous death battle I’ve ever seen. It was like those giant trampoline battles without the trampoline. They were connected to bungee cords and bouncing around to try and get weapons. Really? Oh and then, if you don’t follow the rules (well, the one rule), you play wheel of fortune to determine your fate. Not exactly Wheel of Fortune, but basically. It just had death things on it instead of money.
When Max gets banished out into the desert as per his Wheel of Fortune fate, he meets the Lost Boys from Hook. There’s even a scene where a kid flies in kind of like Rufio. Ha.
Now, we’re supposed to believe that the people still remember what they used to do – ie it’s not too far after the atomic bomb event. So, when we meet the gang of children… they just make no sense. The majority of the children appear to be 10 – 12. The world looks to be in WAY worse shape than stuff happening 10-12 years ago. Even if it’s less than that, it’s definitely been a number of years, so these kids could have been babies and raised here. But it doesn’t make sense why there’d be like 30 babies all in the same place, being raised by two kids like 5 years older than them. The two oldest kids also have the dumbest language skills out of all the kids. So yeah, this was just stupid. And totally took me out of the movie because I just kept thinking about how time wise it made no sense at all. Also the kids have supposedly lived there for a LONG time, in that cave – and they’ve never experienced a wind storm?And the first one happens literally moments after Max denies being that Walker guy? Really?
Another great part is when the kids and Max are escaping on the train. They notice all the motorized vehicles catching up to them – as well as the one guy on the manual railroad push cart. Again, that makes sense. Not.
And so at the end, it didn’t appear that they ever went to pick up the other kids in the airplane? It appears they just flew to Sydney – but never went back to get the whole other half of their group. That’s not rude at all. They also mention that they leave their light on for Max… but not for the other half of their group. Suckers, you on your own! No, the chick does say “and the others”… but still rude. They probably could have gone and got them since they’ve all been living together for so damn long.
This one took me out of the movie multiple times with the sheer stupidity of it – but was still a fun watch, especially the hilarious Thunderdome scene.