By Ian Mulkey
I have seen this movie probably around a dozen times and each time is just as interesting and fun. In short, Mad Max is an amazing movie, even if you don’t like bloody thrillers. Make no mistake, this movie is supposed to be a montage of deadly car chases with flamethrowers and sawblades in the middle of a post-apocalyptic Australian desert; however, that is not the main reason I continue to watch this movie again and again. The main reason is the characters and the script.
The main character, Max, is played by Tom Hardy, one of my favorite actors of all time. While this character is incredibly powerful in every sense of the word, he still has a large shift in ideals and experiences a true arch. He starts out as worried about only himself but, as the movie progresses, we see him become committed to a larger cause and learns to trust the other characters. That is the main theme of the movie, trust. All of the characters start out distrustful but learn that they are more likely to survive mutated psychopaths if they can truly trust one another. The other main character is Furiosa and she also has this large shift, eventually trusting Max with her life.
All of these character changes are not exemplified through talking but rather the actions they do while in combat. It is impressive how this movie makes you understand what the characters are feeling with such few words. The costumes are perfect because they are meant to be chaotic and made out of metal scraps. The special effects and lighting are also very good but not very noteworthy because they are standard for a major Hollywood budget.
This movie won a total of 6 awards: Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. One very underrated feature of this movie is the music and soundtrack. As a