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Film Review: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Welcome back to the blog readers. When Mad Max; Fury Road (2015) came out, I remember being a fan of the film. It wasn't the action classic that the John Wick series wound up being, but it was a fun time, and it got some Oscar love. When this film was announced, I had my reservations of course, because prequels do not always hit the landing for me. But would this be the exception to the rule? Stick around to find out.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga was directed by George Miller from a screenplay by Miller and Nico Lathouris, based on characters by Miller and Byron Kennedy. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, and Alyla Browne, and tells the story of Furiosa from her kidnapping by Dementus to her working for Immortan Joe as his Imperator.

I honestly did not have a lot of excitement for this film, even though I had a good time with Fury Road, and I love Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth. So my overall question would be how much I enjoyed this film. And...this film was okay. So I guess what I am saying here is that I was kind of disappointed with the film. Although the performances by Taylor-Joy and Hemsworth were electric as hell, the action was kind of disappointing and the story was pretty bare-bones.

This is going to become an annual thing, I think. Me talking about how much I love Anya Taylor-Joy as an actor. There is a lot that she has to say by not saying much at all. So the performance is all in the facial expressions and motions she has to make, and I believe she does this masterfully. I think the young Furiosa does this very well also. So for the same reasons, I will give all the props to Alyla Browne. And in the scenes where Taylor-Joy and Hemsworth are on screen together, I truly believe that she acts circles around him. She is going to be really special for me.

I have been a big fan of Chris Hemsworth ever since I saw him in The Avengers (2012), even though I saw Thor (2011) later on in life. But he was absolutely manic as the villain Dementus. Everything Hemsworth did was literally insane, and that voice is like fucking crack man. I do truly believe that this is his best performance yet, and things can only go up from here as there are some exciting updates on the roles on the horizon for him.

Truthfully though, this is where the positives end and the negatives begin. The first thing I want to point out is that I think the story of the film is paper thin. The story is literally Furiosa gets captured, she spends time with Dementus, she breaks free, she goes with Immortan Joe and then she gets her revenge. Like there is really nothing in the story that pops out at you or makes you think. It's a basic story that I believe is the weakest part of the film.

The final point I want to talk about is the action. The action in Fury Road is high octane, high velocity and in your face. And that was the strength of the film in my opinion. The action in Furiosa (or lack thereof) is a key weakness of the film. In terms of the action, I was not expecting a copy and paste of Fury Road's action, but I was expecting more than I got. Although I will admit that the battle for the big rig that lasted for what felt like 25 minutes was awesome, and glimmers of what Fury Road great. Ultimately I was let down by the action.

To conclude my thoughts, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga delivers what the previous installment lacks in characters, but fails to make up for it in the story and action, leading to a disappointing time in the theaters. Thank you all for reading, and I will see you for the next post.

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