Believe the Hype - 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Buzz is Through the Roof
by Alex Billington
May 11, 2015
What a lovely day! Warner Bros lifted the embargo on press reactions/reviews early on Monday this week before the release of George Miller's long-awaited, highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters this weekend. The film was screened for press a few weeks ago, and they all pretty much lost their minds, but had to wait and hold their tongues until today. My own effusive tweet is included in these, as I loved it too, and I wanted to collect a look at all of the great buzz the film is getting. As of writing this, it has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and I'm sure it'll stay fresh. Because it's so !@#$ing awesome! I've already got tickets to see it again on Thursday. This should be your cue to make plans for Fury Road this weekend.
Here's a few of the tweets from various critics and cinephiles on Mad Max: Fury Road that we found today:
Oh we can say how !@#$ing awesome Mad Max is? Because it's !@#$ing awesome.
— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) May 11, 2015
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD absolutely blew me away. It's an action movie masterpiece and something you need to see on the biggest and loudest screen
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a masterpiece and a must see. Two hours of stunningly gorgeous apocalyptic mayhem. Wicked and brilliant. Loved it!
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) May 11, 2015
One of the greatest action movies ever made.
— Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN) May 11, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road is completely, utterly, unashamedly bonkers. And completely brilliant for it.
— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) May 11, 2015
Believe the hype: Mad Max: Fury Road will knock you off your arse. One of the coolest, most intense action movies in a long, long time.
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is outrageously, overwhelmingly great. See it on the biggest screen you can, knowing as little about it as possible.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) May 11, 2015
Yep, like everyone is saying - Mad Max Fury Road is a glorious masterpiece of metal, sand, dirt, gasoline & mayhem. Lives up to the hype.
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) May 11, 2015
— Samantha Rae (@ASamanthaRae) May 11, 2015
Edgar Wright has already seen Mad Max: Fury Road 3 times which basically confirms its the best movie of all time
— Colin (@duckisgod) May 9, 2015
For years, WB has pumped out A+ trailers for action/sci-fi films that ultimately did not live up to the hype. MAD MAX will buck that trend.
— Chris Liberge (@ChrisLiberge) May 11, 2015
I'm am finally allowed to say #MadMax is brilliant. Best movie of the year so far, spectacularly filmed & other non-hyperbolic statements!
— Aaron Neuwirth (@AaronsPS4) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was the best action film I've seen this year and possibly the best one I've seen in my entire life.
— David Chen (@davechensky) May 12, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Cures Cancer, 10 Out Of 10 Doctors Agree!
— Russell Hainline (@RussellHFilm) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (A-) Rust-and-bone piledriver rages against control in all respects but narrative discipline. Exhilarating gender parity.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) May 11, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the Sistine Chapel of action filmmaking.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) May 11, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road was every bit as visceral, uncompromising, barbaric, beautiful, and insane as I wanted it to be
— Aubtin Heydari (@AubtinH901) April 30, 2015
Remember how critics raved about Edge of Tomorrow last year and you didn't bother to see it? Well, don't let that happen to Mad Max!
— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) May 11, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road is a reboot of the adventure franchise that began with Mad Max in 1979, starring Mel Gibson. George Miller, the director of the original film and its sequel, is back behind the camera, working from a script he co-wrote with first-time writer Nick Lathouris. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Tom Hardy) a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. Meanwhile, Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough and more star in the film Warner Bros. Pictures releases this summer on May 15th. Ready?
Reader Feedback - 20 Comments
Seeing a screening on Wednesday and I can't wait!
Danimal on May 11, 2015
I'm waiting a week from today so I can see it with my gf. I'm nice like that. But all this buzz is killing me. I want this movie in my line of sight immediately.
Jon Odishaw on May 11, 2015
Yep, already got tix!!
Sascha Dikiciyan on May 11, 2015
I knew it.
Xerxexx on May 11, 2015
My son and I seeing it on Sunday, cant f'kin wait !!
Tester on May 11, 2015
I thought it sucked. Never seen so many people get up and walk out of a free screening.
tyban81 on May 11, 2015
Why do you think it sucked?
TheOct8pus on May 12, 2015
Visually its awesome and that's where it ends. I can only take so much grunting a dialogue and I've seen porn with less grunting and better dialogue. There is no story and its just boring and drags on. Tom Hardy has like a total of 80 lines in the whole movie and you can. Hear 10 on of them because he is whispering throughout if he isn't grunting. I had to grip my seat in order to prevent myself from walking out. I'm sorry. The hype isn't worth it. The fix is in.
tyban81 on May 12, 2015
TheOct8pus on May 12, 2015
It's an action movie. This is pure, the real thing. Story and dialogue? What did you think you were seeing, Wuthering Heights? Seriously though, I understand the objection - but if you're on this movie's wavelength it's basically the best example of this type of filmmaking ever. The action and the spectacle are the point, and all character development, motivation and communication is expressed through the action, rather than in the lulls between the action (as would usually be the case). It's a very well-made movie, but it's so extreme in its purity that it's practically experimental. Makes The Road Warrior look like a parlor drama.
Unspeakable Axe on May 23, 2015
on my list and it wasn't there when I first heard of it!
ari smulders on May 11, 2015
Its been about about 8 months since they first teased the movie and its a pleasure to know that the wait was worth every day.
Vespertilio on May 12, 2015
Not surprised. The trailer is the greatest movie ever made.
ragethorn on May 12, 2015
I wish Meshuggah did the soundtrack.
Jacob Crim on May 12, 2015
I dunno..... I see what you're saying, but think the director was looking for something more classic for this film. I'm afraid Meshuggah is something that will be forgotten in the death metal soup 30 years from now.
TheOct8pus on May 12, 2015
Really looking forward to watching this. I came across a rumour that Mel Gibson passed on this when production stalled. Is this true? Much as it sounds like a great reboot, would of loved to seen Mel once more as Max.
Steven on May 12, 2015
My most anticipated movie of the summer. So excited!!!
Furiosa21 on May 12, 2015
I read an excellent interview with John Seale who is one of the best and served as Director of Photography on this film. It was shot digital and Seale had not done that before. His work with film is pretty damn good. Anyway, it seemed they just concentrated on capturing the action and didn't worry about lighting, weather, matching shots, etc. as Miller kept telling him not to worry they'd fix it all in post on the computer. Now, I have not been able to embrace digital as of yet. However, viewing the trailers for this film and the beautiful images I've had to pause. Especially after reading Seale's interview and his mentioning that in post it went to the colorization department for 8 months!! That's intriguing, to say the least. And that he'd not even seen the movie yet so for the first time had no idea what it looked like. That is amazing! And that there were hardly any edits that were longer than a little over 2 seconds! That too is incredible, although with the Road Warrior a friend and I viewed it on disc, stopping and pausing and looking at each edit, and came to the conclusion that Miller was indeed a visionary and genius in the action genre...lol...so the editing I expected would be superior on this film as well. So I am quite fascinated about this movie and to see just what Miller did by going digital. And that he shot it 2D and not 3D as he had planned and had even built special 3D cameras which he ended up not using. Plus, per Seale, Miller didn't worry or care about the 3D in post thing and kept saying it was their problem. Interesting. It seems to me, that perhaps Miller, will achieve on digital what hasn't happened yet, and that would be to equal to look or film, or even perhaps surpass it. I shall await judgment on that until after I've seen the movie, you can be sure.
Bo on May 12, 2015
Last year I only saw one movie at the cinemas twice. That was Interstellar. I look forward to see this in 3D and 2D even if it's the only movie I get to see at the cinemas this year.
Mike Zarquon on May 12, 2015
Yes. A film that suffered a prolonged production period shows how it can be a good thing, sometimes.
DAVIDPD on May 12, 2015
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