An Australian classic returns to its place among the popcorn this weekend, as Frank Miller’s Mad Max series surges on with Fury Road.
Starring Tom Hardy in the title role, which once upon a time shot Mel Gibson to fame and plenty of fortune, it’s the first Max movie since Beyond Thunderdome, which was released in 1985. (The first Mad Max film was released in 1979 and its sequel, Road Warrior, in 1981.)
The new movie’s had plenty of terrific press, thanks to a slew of ever-improving and nostalgia-stroking trailers on YouTube.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Charlize Theron.
“The film’s first moment of silence, at about the 20-minute mark, may make you wonder if you’ve gone deaf,” writes the National Post‘s Chris Knight, in his review of the film. “Fury Road is a two-hour car chase, but strapped to the hood (much like Max himself in the early scenes) is a simple, satisfying story.”
The film has rocketed out of the gate, critically, with a 98 per cent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as of Friday at Noon.
Also playing this weekend:
- Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow comeback to chorus – with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) – in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to 2012’s Glee-ful hit.
- Ethan Hawke stars as a drone pilot for the U.S. Air Force in Good Kill. Hawke, playing character Thomas Egan, starts questioning the part he’s playing in the 21st century’s virtual war, as he’s bombing far-away locations in the Middle East from his home in Las Vegas.