Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max
Directed by George Miller
Written by James McCausland and George Miller
(number 362)

It’s not often you see a movie which shows the early days of a societal breakdown leading into a dystopia. It’s fascinating in that way. But at the same time, it’s just kind of relentlessly brutal. So, maybe that’s why we don’t get so many movies about that.

I found the plot a little hard to follow. Like… there was a lot of nastiness, a lot of violence, but the characters or the motivations weren’t too clear to me. Apart from Max, we can generally follow Max’s motivations and perhaps that’s all that matters in terms of the film.

The really important things about this movie are that it was an Australian break out cult hit, and that it spawned a whole series, including the widely adored Mad Max Fury Road. I don’t particularly care for Fury Road, and I don’t particularly care for this either. I wonder if, again, this is a movie which is beloved by people who grew up with it? Fury Road didn’t inspire me, I couldn’t understand what the hype was about. I suspect these movies just aren’t meant for me. My favourite things about movies is exploration of characters. Character development,

Does it make me love the people? Nope.

Bechdel test: No, we only have one named female character: Jessie, and she is fridged.

Best line:

Fifi: They say people don’t believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them! You and me, Max, we’re gonna give them back their heroes!
Max: Ah, Fif. Do you really expect me to go for that crap?
Fifi: You gotta admit I sounded good there for a minute, huh?

State of Mind: I dunno. I don’t even have stuff I want to say about how I didn’t enjoy this. It feels like violence porn, which… okay. Maybe it was intentionally like that. Maybe? I just didn’t care. It was brutal for the sake of brutality, with no message or character depth. I feel like I’m missing the point of a bunch of these testosterone fueled ‘classics’.

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