With more and more sequels being made these days, it’s not uncommon for older films that haven’t had a film out in decades to also get a new film in the series, or a whole new reboot. This of course always gives you a chance to go back and re-watch the older films in the franchise for a good refresher before the new film. This is exactly what I did with the Mad Max trilogy, and it was damn fun going back and watching the first three films, which in their own way are all very different from each other, though The Road Warrior was always going to be the benchmark for the new film to judge itself off.
Without putting much thought into it, I can safely say it’s very rare for a film in a series, that’s not the first or second, to end up being the best of them all, with only Resident Evil 3, Fast and the Furious 5, LOTR: Return Of The King, and in my eyes Return Of The Jedi coming to mind. Mad Max 4 though can now easily be added to that list, as what it offered up was not only an amazing follow up to the Mad Max series, but a kickass visual and aural experience to boot.
It might come as a surprise that the only thing that let me down a bit was Max himself. Tom Hardy was great physically, and embodied the spirit of the character, but I found some of his delivery of lines just odd and pulled me out of the film. Though the world the film created was so rich and diverse, and needed no explanation, which is great as it just lets your mind fill in the blanks, and it makes you feel like you’re not being treated like an idiot. The action scenes were also unlike anything else I’ve seen in a while, or ever for that matter. The acting was great, directing spot on, the mix between blockbuster and art perfectly combined, and all it left me wanting is more.
9.5 out of 10 from me!!!