High octane follow up to first entry that ups the ante in carnage and extreme stunt work. A little lighter in plot concentrating on archetypes lifted from the American western but set in a post apocalyptic Australia. Gibson with hardly any dialogue solidifies this character's now iconic stature. But really this film is about the gauntlet of a chase and it delivers in its fine stunt work and precision planning.
For this type of movie, The Road Warrior is one of the best. Mad Mel when you could actually enjoy him and George Miller provides some very interesting subtexts to underscore this revenge action movie.
Post-apocalyptic western à la Howard Hawks. Not bad but a little bit empty. In this kind of production, the film value depends on how mean the bad guys are. Good news !. In The Road Warrior, they are simply ugly, pimply and completely decadent. Recommended.
If Jim Jarmusch drank beer instead of decaf, he might make movies as good as this. Balance of epic/contained, earnestness/camp here. Aesthetics (especially visual representation) through the roof - watchable even on mute.