It is no secret that the film "Mad Max: Fury Road" was a success this summer. The film grossed over $300,000,000 worldwide, received a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and has been nominated for seven BAFTAs.
To add to its impressive resume, the film has been nominated for two Golden Globes: Best Picture-Drama and Best Director Motion Picture. We won't know until Jan. 10 whether or not the film won the Golden Globes, but by all accounts "Mad Max: Fury Road" certainly should. Here are several reasons why.
1. Practical Effects
According to Director George Miller, 90 percent of the film's special effects are practical effects. Nowadays, there are tons of films that rely on CGI, like "Avatar," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Hobbit," so it's refreshing to see a huge production rely heavily on practical effects. More simply, these effects leave audiences in awe. From incredible motorbike stunts to fights taking place on moving vehicles to live action explosions, "Mad Max: Fury Road" continuously impresses by raising the bar for what practical movie magic can do.
2. Woman Rule This World
First off, the film passes the Bechdel test, which requires two female characters to talk to each other about something other than a man. Not only does this film pass this test, but it goes far beyond the requirements. There are several female leads and many other female characters, all of which are well developed and diverse in personality, appearance and age. Each woman is also strong in her own way. For instance, where Furiosa is physically strong and driven by her search for redemption, Capable is forgiving and motherly. Both characters are strong despite being different in personality. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a huge step forward for female representation in film, especially when it comes to the action genre, which generally focuses on male characters.
3. Relevant Message
"We are not things." This is repeated several times by the film's female protagonists. It's even plastered on the walls of their cell. It's impossible to miss the message of this film: that you cannot treat people, specifically women, like possessions. Throughout the film, we see the patriarchal villain, Immortan Joe, use women as cattle and as breeding stock. In response, Furiosa liberates his brides and later takes down his patriarchal rule. In a genre that typically objectifies women, "Mad Max: Fury Road," reminds viewers that women are not objects.
4. Beautiful cinematography
When it came to the cinematography of the film, Miller wanted to make sure it was as colorful as possible so that it would differ from other apocalyptic films. His vision paid off and I have never seen an apocalyptic film with the same look. Each and every shot of the film is a work of art.