All Cards on the table: Going in to see Max Mad: Fury Road, I knew less than nothing about the franchise. I knew it was a franchise called Mad Max, and I picked up from the previews that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world. Other than that, I really knew nothing at all about the goddamn films, but the previews for this one made me want to see it and hard.
Good, good decision. Go see it. Go. Now.
In a post apocalyptic wasteland, what are the two most important resources? Water … and women.
Okay, phrased like that, it sounds pretty horrible. But really, think about it. Most of the human race is decimated, oil is basically nonexistent, water is a precious commodity (can’t grow food, or control the masses without it). In order for the human race to continue, what do we need to do? We need to reproduce. And we don’t just need to reproduce, we need to have healthy children, with a healthy gene-pool. Otherwise, not only have we broken the world, but we’ve effectively wiped the human race off the planet.
Water and Women. Truly, the most precious commodities in the entire Mad Max verse. And yet, somehow they made this apparent without being something that made my inner feminist want to punch things in the face. The female characters started as people that were irritating and sheltered, but they did this thing, and here’s the part that I liked, they grew as people. That’s the whole difference. That’s what takes what could have been a teeth grinding anti-feminist issue into something believable, something epic.
Women are actually the only precious commodity that they seem to value at all, in fact. The wars that broke the world were about oil, yet they spend their days in modified 4-wheelers and other cars that have been modified into flame spouting war machines. Water is rare and controlled, yet they find the time to bathe the sexy women in true Sports Illustrated fashion. Yet somehow, who the hell cares about the realism? The movie was epic. The special effects were even more epic. The explosions are goddamned amazing.
On the same note, though, those wasteful ridiculous moments are clearly a commentary on our waste in the modern, real, world. We’re very close to an oil crisis, but do you see anyone slowing down on consumption? Nope. We actually have a drought in California, one that’s going to have devastating effects on agriculture for the world, and what are we doing about it in the rest of the country? Turning a blind eye and turning on our sprinklers. Seriously, for an action packed, action movie, there was some serious commentary on the world, if you took a moment to look.