I just want to talk about this shot for a minute and how brilliant it is (aside from just being beautiful, I mean ffs, I could frame this and hang it on my wall).
Mad Max: Fury Road, just before the big climax, Max has two paths he can take: either he can go off on his own or he can go help the others (with the crazy plan to run the War Rig right back to the Citadel).
This one single shot shows that dilemma with no dialogue needed. Max is standing center frame, to one side of him is the fully loaded bike and empty desert, to his other side is the War Rig and the others (quickly riding off into the distance, adding a sense of urgency to the decision as well). He’s literally standing between representations of his two options.
VISUAL STORYTELLING, PEOPLE. It’s literally this fucking easy. This shot is not even a little bit subtle but it’s still brilliant. See, just about any other movie would have felt the need to awkwardly jam in dialogue blatantly explaining the situation because it would have zero faith in its audience to understand what was going on otherwise. Fury Road does no such thing. It doesn’t insult your intelligence by spoon feeding every little detail to you and that’s what makes it such a beautiful film in every possible way.