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So I saw Mad Max; Fury Road. It's ridiculously awesome. If you're the sort of person who went "I wish the truck chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark lasted an hour," this is your movie. Some thoughts;
  • I thought focusing the movie on Max's companions really helped avoid the inevitable comparisons to the 80s movies. So much of what Max does is acting rather than talking, and aside from the first chunk of the movie which sets him up, everything he does as characterization furthers the story.

  • A group of militant granola implied-dykes running a communal farm and taking cues from feminists of the past are a perfectly believable group to exist in a postapocalyptic setting.

  • The most feminist things about the movie are subtle. Older women exist. Disabled women exist. Men and women can collaborate without any romantic interest, they just happen to be differently-gendered people in the same place at the same time. Sexual abuse need not be shown to be a nasty chunk of the backstory.

  • Along vaguely similar lines to that one, it's never flat out explained what precisely happened to cause Max's PTSD - you don't need that, all you need is "Max has terrible nightmares and flashbacks" and that's what you get.

  • You could read the villains as the Church, some sort of big military thing, and big business. Pretty subversive for a buddy roadchase movie.
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