#992 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Action

It’s beat perfect. Mad Max: Fury Road has been made by George Miller in a way that suggests he is unaware of the tired turns the action genre has been taking since he delivered the franchise’s original instalments.

Simplicity rules in plot, beside an assumption that the audience can fill in back story regarding both narratives and characters from the subtle details Miller allows to shine in the midst of the chaos. It is a joy. Every bit as good as you’ve been told it is and all with that strong feminist reading front and centre. Inventive, stylish, engaging and relevant; cinema is rarely this impressive, “Oh what a day, what a lovely day!”

Mad Max Fury Road Tom Hardy

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#366 – Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Action

A friend whose judgement I trust suggested that Transformers: Dark Of The Moon was pretty good. He lied. The scenes with Shockwave are spectacular, but this is not enough to make up for the nonsensical and arbitrary story telling. Another thing that annoys me about the movies is that throughout much of the action scenes it is impossible to tell where you as the viewer are and thus what’s actually going on. Finally I’d just like to mention that in a film about robots in disguise it is the relationship between Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shia that most requires the suspension of disbelief…