Geetha brings you two fabulous reviews of the Hollywood blockbusters opening this weekend: Mad Max Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Do this reboot and sequel deserve your hard-earned bucks? Read on!
MAD MAX FURY ROAD
This week I suggest you go see MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Not only will you be impressed with the spectacle and action, but this has what a certain fanboy fave from last week didn’t: emotional impact via character development. It’s certainly not your standard post-apocalyptic flick. And no, you won’t feel as if someone just tried to ram feminism down your throat.
After AEON FLUX tanked in 2005, critics crushed Theron, saying she couldn’t carry an action heroine film. Those wonderful folk will all just have to suck it, because, guess what. She absolutely carries this two-hour mind-f* of non-stop vehicular mayhem on those beautifully toned shoulders as the magnificent Imperator Furiosa (such a cool name). Now this is what a reboot should be like—not one of those corporate crapshoots where all the characters are branded, the dialogue bogged down with a ton of tiresome exposition, and every single CGI trick in the book trotted out to beat you over the head.
The entire movie is one long, intense car chase across a grim desert landscape, where the availability of water and oil means the difference between life and death. In a bleak post-war future, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) is your typical tyrannical emperor, who also enjoys slave-trading on the side. He has five gorgeous women (Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, Courtney Eaton) whom he forces to bear his children. Sick of his alcoholism, Furiosa—one of his soldiers—smuggles the harem out into a tanker, and they escape. Enraged by the double insult, Joe sets out with his whiter-than-snow war boys and an army of insanely morphed hotrods on a violent chase for retribution. His hood ornament: Max (Tom Hardy), one of his recent captives. Max escapes and forms an alliance with Furiosa, and together they try to outwit Joe and his Aryan war tribe.
What’s so awesome about Furiosa is that she never once compromises her gender, or needs to be rescued by some guy. So cool! Finally someone who can hold a candle to Ripley from ALIEN. The credit goes to George Miller, who also directed the other MAD MAX movies. It took him fifteen years to make FURY ROAD, but, as you’ll see, it was well worth it. It just goes to show, boys and girls, that it’s better to toil at something for a while and make it truly spectacular, rather than just throw it together to meet some deadline and hope it sticks—like all the other reboot kings are doing. Here’s hoping FURY ROAD wins a few Oscars. Check out the trailer here:
PITCH PERFECT 2
PITCH PERFECT 2 is… adequate. In this dutiful sequel, Anna Kendrick and the Barden Bellas are on the verge of graduating, when their reputation is besmirched thanks to Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) wardrobe malfunction. Now their only chance to redeem themselves is via an international championship challenge.
Their main competition is an arrogant German group that’s just begging for some karma-style b*-slapping. The main problem with this flick—helmed by newbie director Elizabeth Banks—is that many of the jokes don’t hit their mark, some of the situations are quite obviously contrived, and the fun… just doesn’t feel fun enough. But, the songs are rockingly good. And in the end, that’s really what it’s all about. Here’s the trailer:
And those are the big openers this weekend. See you next time!