Mad Max: Fury Road has broken records ever since it was released early this May. Initially it had a score of 9/10 stars on IMDB (now 8.7, probably because of the anti-feminists), but still keeps it at a solid 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89% on Metacritic. Considering how remakes, sequels, and reboots fare these days, it is a big surprise that the fourth installment of the Mad Max series fared better than the previous three. How is this possible? What's its secret? Plot-wise, it's quite ironic.
And Miller does find a person with a story to tell. He finds Furiosa, a warrior who has been hurt too many times and continues to get hurt as the movie prolongs and yet she perseveres. He finds the breeders, each one unique but all determined to find peace. He finds the Vuvulani, the badass grandmas on motorcycles who protect what little memories they have left of salvation. These characters were the realest women characters I have ever seen in action movies. Miller even made sure to assure their realness by asking Eve Ensler, a playwright who has researched deeply on the abuse of women for her play The Vagina Monologues in the 90's, to give advice on writing these characters (x). This act right here is where you see Miller's dedication to this film. If it was going to have women as the stars of it, he was going to do it right. When asked if this was a feminist film, Ensler says it is because it shows that women are capable of defending themselves just as the men are.
While the film empowers women, it doesn't forget about Max and Nux at all. Max and Furiosa fought alongside each other as fellow warriors and survivors. Silently, they empathized with each other and their losses. Initially, Nux was seen as desperate and naive. But he isn't belittled in the film at all because he slowly develops into a hero, realizing what is wrong and right and deciding to sacrifice himself for doing the right thing.
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