First off, this post is about Mad Max, but has anyone ever notice that the relevant poster gets removed from cinemas almost as soon as it is premiered? Besides, who could resist this super awesome Pixels display? Cannot wait for Aug 12!
So, I got this kickass machine gun wielding Snow-White tee from Romics Comic Con (held in Rome) back in April, and quite randomly decided to wear it to watch Mad Max last weekend. Besides unintentionally hearing words like "feminism" associated with the film, I had stayed well enough away from general reviews to avoid spoilers. What were the chances that Snow White knew better than me what we were going in for? "Fight Lookism" she says in her italian accent!
To call the film action packed would be an understatement. The 120 minutes were solid stimulation, channelling the coolest 'reality' of Steampunk x Borderlands. Each vehicle aka motorised beasts were its own work of art. I would go as far as saying that they were the keys in the movie, that if they were say ordinary cars, it would have very different reviews and general audience effect. The flame throwing, spears bombing, cirque-du-soleil human canons, and exploding gasoline tanks - it really was a "2 hours of non-stop, utterly insane fantasy action"!
I have always been a fan of Charlize Theron, I think she is so good at everything she does - especially that sensational Dior Perfume advert where she struts her stuff whilst stripping down to nothing but her scent. Hurrrr SO shesxy! Then there's Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who I find so gorgeous since the very beginning of her M&S / lingerie career, gave us a surprisingly well performance as one of the sex-slaves escaping with Theron (aka Furiosa).
I'm not sure if "feminism" is the right angle to discuss this film, if that should be a focus at all, but fact that some people are expressing offence against casting attractive women just makes me laugh. So only ugly people should be portrayed as empowering and strong, that pretty girls should just sit home and be a vase? I genuinely believe feminism is losing its way, or perhaps only some people are giving it a bad name, I don't know. Remember Emma Watson's feminism speech / movement? That was so awesome because it was so true. I too find the word "feminism" very unattractive. I find it more sexist than ever and I can't really agree that this is a movie of feminism. As much as I enjoy watching fellow women ass-kicking, should women be this mindblown that 'feminism' is all they saw?
I agree, I am straying. Just too surprised by people's reviews!
Personally, I found the dialogue throughout very hard to hear. Must be difficult to capture in the middle of a desert inside roaring machines and ant-scale humans. Of course it could be my local cinema's sync; I will never know!
The plot was a very nice and straight forward one. I liked the dynamics between Max & Furiosa, the gender equality, acceptance of their own strengths and weaknesses especially in moments of need. Loved the fact that there are no cliche love relations, almost. The bond between one of the escaping woman Capable and Nux was a little disconcerting for me.
True that I was fully occupied and entertained through-out, but I find myself feeling a little empty by the end of it. Feel like there could have been more, but more of what I couldn't quite put a finger on...
Snow-White Tee // Comic Con
Comic Bralet // Topshop
Denim Shorts // Topshop
Long Jumper // River Island
Knee Socks // Topshop
Shoes // Jeffrey Campbell
Watermelon Clutch // New Look