The Recognition Belongs to the Mad
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The Recognition Belongs to the Mad

"Mad Max: Fury Road" deserves the title of best picture

The Recognition Belongs to the Mad

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.

5. Unapologetic Execution

When it comes down to it, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is an action packed, apocalyptic chase film. There's a man with bullets for teeth. The cars are tricked out with skulls, spikes, harpoons and flame throwers. There is even a guy who plays a flame-throwing guitar, which works in real life. The fact that "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a work of art, the fact that it's so progressive and the fact that it's pushing the boundaries of film is just icing on the cake. This film knows what it's about and it is unapologetic about it, and it should be- because there is nothing this film has to apologize for."Mad Max: Fury Road" is by far one of my favorite films, because of many different factors from its female representation to the beautiful camera work to the complete awesomeness of the chase scenes and fights. While it is an over the top action film, it also represents what movies are about. Movies are supposed to push boundaries. Movies are supposed to be art. Movies are supposed to thrill and excite you. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is the epitome of why I love films, and it deserves recognition for its greatness.
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