2015 had its share of terrific films that ranged from both the blockbusters and the art house. But there was one film that perfectly bridged both together, and in turn, became one of the greatest action films of all-time. Mad Max: Fury Road is a miracle of a film. Just the fact that it exists blows my mind, and we should thank the genius of George Miller for bringing back his popular series back into the limelight.
Fury Road is a textbook example of pure visual storytelling. Miller along with his crew crafted a film that even though seems too simplistic on the surface, is actually rich in intelligent themes. It’s a film that rewards the viewer with every revisit not only because of the kinetic filmmaking and explosive action, but because there is always something new to discover that gives the viewer a better appreciation about this anomaly of a movie.
And to think, after years of production woes, the film went on to universal critical acclaim – so much so that it received *10* Oscar nominations, winning six of them. And when one sees the film especially in the theater, you cannot help but feel hypnotized by Miller’s $150 million fever dream.
The movie features some incredible sequences that blow your mind in terms of the sheer production value that feels tangible. Of course, VFX artists showcased their magic in certain sequences such as the sandstorm, effortlessly blending with the practical effects creating such visual euphoria. As incredible CGI has become over the last few years, with films like Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book pushing the envelope in the photorealism it can bring, there are some instances where the classic techniques are the best choice, and with this brand new behind-the-scenes look at the production, you will be just as blown away as you were watching the finished product for the first time.
Now that is what I call filmmaking! Comedian Patton Oswalt said it best:
Not only is George Miller the best director, he's the MOST director. I'm speechless. https://t.co/2ERvSdtlOT
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 12, 2016
And I must say, watching this video reminds me that George Miller would be a great addition to the line-up of directors for the DC Extended Universe. Let’s hope he jumps on one of the projects because his directorial talent is one-of-a-kind.
Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.