I have experienced what I have not seen from a movie in a very long time. Pure, cinematic ecstasy has been granted through the collaboration of George Miller, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and the rest of the cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. From the start, the movie sets the idea that this will be an hi-octane, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. The movie does that which movies have not done for movie-goers very often, it asks them to draw their own conclusions and fill in the gaps that are not plainly stated on screen.
There is no doubt that this film, by its very nature, is visceral in every way. The explosions and the details in costume speak volumes to the authenticity of the experience. George Miller's insistence on practical effects lend credence to his talent to provide a realistic and believable environment to portray the harsh environment that is post-apocalyptic Australia. The visuals were absolutely incredibly desolate and well-structured to convey the theme of the story.
The final sticking point and somewhat of a turn-off for some people was the lack of character backgrounds provided within the movie's confines. However, I argue that every scene is a piece of the story at every turn. Immortan Joe's rule has left all of the peasantry wanting for the most simplest form of sustenance, water. His control over such a simple resource has enabled him to command a large army of War Boys to continue to do his will, all while he lives well off of Mother's Milk, water, and fresh produce. This has enabled him to put himself at the top of the food chain and allow him to hold such power over the men, women, and freaks of the wasteland. However, Immortan Joe is only a scratch in the surface that is the world of Mad Max.
Mad Max: Fury Road did a great deal of things that are not typical of today's action movies. One aspect that really stands out is that the fact that the movie allows you infer a great number of details that are not spelled out. From the aspect of how Immortan Joe came to power to how Imperator Furiosa rose through Joe's ranks to gain his trust, all these details are not spelled out in the movie and require the viewer to make assumptions about those details. This allows the viewer a more personal interest in the movie as they check the facts about what they believe is happening against what is playing out on screen. This aspect made me feel like I was immersed in that environment.
I felt immersed in a movie's environment for the first time in a long time and I loved every minute of it both times I went to see it! I felt that Max and Furiosa were incredible and compelling characters and I want to know more. I am very excited that the creators will be releasing a comic based on the events leading up to Immortan Joe's rule and the life of one of the War Boys from the movie, Nux. I am excited by the knowledge that Tom Hardy is also signed to play Max up to four more times on screen as I feel that he was an excellent choice to replace Mel Gibson. I anxiously await the release of Mad Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray so I can watch it over and over!