[CinePop] Lord of Flies meets Star Wars. Goonies daydream of Fury Road. Beginning lusts after End. Finished the tetralogy finally and saw the lot on theaters. This is the best cinematic Saga of the 70s, 80s (or 90s for that matter) sorry Alien, Blade Runner, Terminator, Star Wars, etc. This takes the trophy home. (Review to be continued...)
Title doesn't mean anything; a clue that the film is essentially a thrown-together jumble of different ideas intended to keep the series moving. First act is a post-Conan fantasy epic; second act turns into a Lord of the Flies survival drama; third act is just a lazy recycling of the same second-hand set-pieces from The Road Warrior. Miller tries to fit Max into a post Spielberg/Lucas landscape, but fails miserably.
In '85 I remember thinking this was a betrayal of the spirit of the first two films. Watching again for the first time since I think I was being generous. Chaotic plotting and lesser action found this somewhat neutered Max pretty toothless. Villains are a joke and kiddie subplot pretty desperate; this was no 'Lord of the Flies' after all. Max needed a more fitting finish.....or a new beginning. Bring on the fury.