Jul 2, 2024

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

Director: George Miller
Producer: George Miller
Screenplay: George Miller, Nico Lathouris

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus
Tom Burke as Praetorian Jack
Alyla Browne as young Furiosa
Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus
Angus Sampson as The Organic Mechanic

Music: Junkie XL
Cinematography: Colin Gibson
Editing: Margaret Sixel
Release Date: May 24, 2024
Running Time: 2 hours 29 minutes
Language: English
Freddy's Movie Review

Escaping Boredom with "Furiosa"

I was watching the fifth movie by Luc Besson, "Atlantis," which comes after "Nikita," and I was bored to death. The movie was so dull that I had this sudden urge to pick up my phone and buy tickets for the next day's session of "Furiosa" at Almada Forum cinema! I have to thank Luc Besson's "Atlantis" for making me go out to the cinema to watch Furiosa's origin story in my favorite post-apocalypse saga ever: Mad Max. I'm not reviewing "Atlantis" because it wouldn't be fair. It's just a movie with a bunch of footage of fish set to the sound of Γ‰ric Serra's music. You have to get high and sit in a cinema room to enjoy it, or be a complete freak about fish. So, I'm doing this little review on "Furiosa," (there are plenty of commentators on this) and I'm putting in small clips from some of my favorite parts.

A Visual and Emotional Feast

"Furiosa" is a top-tier action movie. If you want to see good action, this is the movie to watch. Nothing can top this. The convoy chase scene, known as "Stairway to Nowhere," is mind-blowing. The stunts, the speed, the whole choreography—it's insane, and no wonder it took 78 days to shoot! I was getting really emotional about how awesome the whole thing looked and felt like shedding some tears over how stylishly brutal everything was. Dementus is also a great character. I welcome him with arms wide open! Welcome, you evil bastard. His evilness and silly dialogues are fun to watch! I'm not too sure about Anya Taylor-Joy, but I didn't dislike her. I liked the long-haired Furiosa. The movie cleverly teases how Furiosa loses her arm. I found those scenes really clever, as well as the way she actually loses it and what it means to her. It's just great writing, man! I love you, George Miller. There's one thing that I find disconcerting about the movie's story, and that's the disappearance of Furiosa. It seemed like no one cared, after Immortan showed so much interest in her. This was kind of odd, but we can imagine a scene where they get all mad for a few days and eventually forget about her disappearance.

A Worthy Addition to the Mad Max Saga

The movie can feel a bit draggy sometimes, and I don't remember feeling that when watching "Fury Road," so I'll say that this movie is inferior to "Fury Road" but not in any way a dishonor to the Mad Max legacy. It's a good origin story about Furiosa with wonderful new characters like Dementus and his pal Octoboss, who I think was a great secondary character that deserved more screen time. I've also enjoyed Praetorian Jack's character, and I think the little romance scene was just perfect, very cute without any exaggerations. There is such an amazing long-distance shot; I'm going to upload it and see what YouTube says so that you can watch and hopefully spend money on this movie. We need to give our money to George Miller because he already has a story ready to go, and I want to watch that before I die. This movie brings some great world-building to this decadent universe I love so much, and it was fun to watch even though it’s almost three hours long. The last Mad Max movies are the heroes of action films. Everything is really crazy and ever so close to over the top but never crossing that threshold. I love those fast-forward scenes that make Dementus look even more bizarre—it's like I took some psychedelic drugs. I've seen a lot of idiots online complaining about the CGI, and I ask, what CGI, dude? I barely even notice it! Everything was awesome to look at. Also, some idiots are complaining about the music. Simpletons, I say. The music by Junkie XL can't be touched; it's there when it makes sense, and it's off when we need to hear the sound of machines running on gasoline. Make sure you still catch "Furiosa" in theaters for a thrilling cinematic experience that pays homage to the Mad Max legacy while carving out its own unique story.

Update: I ended up watching Mad Max: Fury Road again, and now I love it even more after learning about Furiosa's origin story. It makes perfect sense to watch Furiosa first and then Fury Road if you haven't seen either.

πŸŽ₯ Cinematography (10/10):

Visually stunning with incredible action sequences and detailed world-building.

πŸ“– Story (8/10):

Engaging origin story with minor pacing issues but strong overall narrative.

🎬 Direction (10/10):

George Miller delivers yet another masterclass in directing high-octane action.

πŸ‘₯ Characters (9/10):

Memorable characters with standout performances, especially from Chris Hemsworth as Dementus.

πŸ’₯ Visual Effects (9/10):

Seamless integration of practical stunts and CGI, creating an immersive experience.

🎭 Acting (9/10):

Strong performances, particularly Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, despite some reservations.

πŸ’¬ Dialogue (9/10):

Loved the last dialogue between Furiosa and Dementus.

🌍 Setting/Atmosphere (10/10):

Rich, immersive world-building that enhances the post-apocalyptic setting.

🎡 Music (9/10):

Junkie XL's score complements the action, enhancing the film's intense atmosphere.

πŸ˜„ Entertainment Value (10/10):

A highly entertaining and thrilling addition to the Mad Max saga, worth watching multiple times.

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