Why MM:FR Was the Most Tasteful Action Movie I’ve Seen
Things that the film handled with restraint:
Rape: As countless people have said – Half of the movie’s main cast consists of sex slaves. And there’s not a single rape scene.
Gore: The film looks exactly the type to be ultra-violent a la Quentin Tarantino. But it’s not. The one gory moment is one that you can see coming from miles away and lasts only for a second. And even then, it’s not terrible. Considering this, the movie probably could have had a PG-13 rating with minor alteration.
Sexualization: Five women wearing nothing but gauze sounds like a recipe for anything but what we got; no lingering, awkward, bodily shots. There was even a scene with a completely naked young woman with the camera focused directly on her. Guess what. The camera treated her exactly as if she were wearing flannel pajamas.
Degradation of women: Bad people get upset. We get that. Sometimes they like to swear at our heroines. And yet no one felt the need to say “bitch,” “cunt,” or “whore.” How a film managed to present about the least female-friendly society you can imagine but treated its female characters with more respect than 99% of action movies is beyond me.
Things that the film did not handle with restraint:
Gender equality: No one once says “Women are ___,” or “Men are ___.” It almost seems like outside of Immortan Joe’s freakishly utilitarian society, men and women get along just fine. Huh. Weird.
Death: Good and bad people die alike on the Fury Road; very quickly. It’s your typical action movie body count. But in a move that’s both odd and brilliant, the film spends a good amount of it’s scarce dialogue detailing what death means to the characters. For some, it’s a suicidal call to honor. For others, it’s a necessary risk to bring about more life. People die in droves. And it’s sad. Death matters.
Criticism: This is about the most critical movie of gender inequality, capitalism, and fascism I’ve ever seen without anyone ever mentioning gender inequality, capitalism or fascism.
COMPASSION: I can’t state this enough. This is a post-apocalyptic genre movie where people kill each other over sex slaves, border disputes, and cars and its message is hope and compassion. The biggest, most heroic moment of the movie is an act of healing, not an act of violence. WHOA.
know what’s funny to me? the Mad Max series was born from strange cases in the ER. George Miller was a doctor tending to all these people near death and just thought, “i wonder how patients like these could survive in a post-apocalyptic setting with only the bare minimal a for tools?”
so he just wrote a script with his friend, applied his medical knowledge whenever violence happened, and produced the first movie with his funds saved as an emergency doctor.
Mad Max is a medical adventure as much as it is car battles and post-apocalypse stories. GRANTED THERE’S SOME ARTISTIC LICENSE BEING HAD but you can tell a doctor’s writing the story. like in Fury Road, how Max performs MONKEY SURGERY on Furiosa, when he transfused blood he makes sure the blood goes all the way through the tube before sticking it in her arm so their wouldn’t be any air left inside and accidentally give Fury a heart attack.
IDK i love little details like that. It seems that everyone who worked in Fury Road was a Swiss-Army person
Furiosa catching Max by his leg brace as he falls off the truck… man, that gets me every time. Not just the fact that she caught him by his leg brace with her metal arm(which is still cool ass imagery btw), but she did it out of pure desperation. It was like a gut instinct. She just reached out because seeing him die would have been too much. Not after he helped them(and her).
Then of course, there’s the fact that she only was able to save him because of their disabilities. There’s no way she would have had the strength to hold on as long as she did if she didn’t have that metal arm and he probably would have just slipped through if he hadn’t had his leg brace.
That’s called George Miller being a genius. You know in the trailers where they call him a mastermind? Yea, you thought that was hyperbole. Nothing but truth.
“The cliches of the genre were to desaturate the cinematography. So [George Miller] and great Australian cinematographer John Seale (dragged out of retirement), saturated the color. ‘We were able to change the skies, and go against the idea that because it’s the apocalypse, there’s no longer any beauty in the world.‘” - Anne Thompson, Film Columnist
“The desert sand in Namibia is, in reality, closer to be gray color, but pushing it toward rich gold colors complemented the characters and vehicles, providing a strong, graphic look. The only other dominant color in the film was blue sky, which we embraced.“ - Eric Whipp, Senior Colorist
I know I’ve seen this somewhere on tumblr before… but here it is animated!
Immortan Joe’s Imperators wear black scarves as badges of office.
Furiosa definitely has one.
And when we see Max just before crossing the wastes, he doesn’t.
but CHECK WHAT THEY’RE BOTH WEARING THE NEXT MORNING
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? HERE BRO, IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE, TAKE THIS. I’VE ALREADY GOT ONE, SEE? THIS IS A TOTALLY REGULAR GIFT AND IN NO WAY A RENOWNED SYMBOL OF STRENGTH AND POWER. PLEASE TAKE THIS COMPLETELY NORMAL SCARF THAT IS ALSO IN NO WAY A NONVERBAL SIGN OF RESPECT. COINCIDENTALLY THIS IS NOT OUT OF ANY SENSE OF GRATITUDE FOR NOT SHOOTING ME IN THE FUCKING HEAD WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE, EVEN THOUGH I TRIED DOING THAT EXACT THING TO YOU. NOT ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. NOT OFFERING TO LOOK FOR REDEMPTION WITH US. NOT SAYING I COULD USE A RIFLE STAND. BYE