When we meet up with Max (now played by Tom Hardy), he's ran into a spot of trouble. He's been kidnapped, tattooed, tied up and is being used as a supply of blood. The monster behind all this? Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). While he's played by the same guy who played Toecutter in the original film, it's never addressed if they're the same character. Probably not. After all, he is dead. But hey, this is a reboot, and in reboots, anything goes. Anyway, Max escapes, gaining an ally in Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a one-armed badass who aims to kill, and a chase ensures. A chase that lasts practically the entire runtime of this film. And no, that's not at all a bad thing.
The visuals are there and they're brilliant, but the dialogue works too. Screenplay first or storyboard first. Who cares? If Miller takes this approach with every film from here on out, I will be okay with it. Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most outrageous thrill rides I have ever been, featuring such madness as a flame throwing guitar, a deadly sandstorm, men jumping from cars with humungous sticks and a gecko with two heads. Oh, and did I mention that that's just in the first thirty minutes? Miller truly has put the mad back in Mad Max.
Not only is it the most action packed one yet, it's also the best one yet. While there are a few teeny tiny flaws here and there, most having to do with predictability of the fate of most of the characters, it still manages to hold itself up there against the Road Warrior, waving as it surpasses it. It takes these characters on a journey that furthers their arcs, in particular with Max, who's still not over the death of his family.
However, Max isn't the only lead character this time around. Charlize Theron's Furiosa occasionally takes the helms, playing a much more dominant role than I expected. Her backstory is rarely explored, only hinted at, but if interviews suggest anything, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of her in future instalments, and I hope these films happen. I really do. George, if this is just a taste of what's to come, please give me more. The world needs more Mad Max.