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.
People seem to dislike this because it takes a gentler and more broaching look at the universe of the films, putting the frenetic violence in the background, where it only occasionally pops up as a stark reminder of the brutality of the character's surroundings. But, that's exactly the point - and, it coincides stylistically with Max's evolution as a character, which is the only thing all the movies really share.
A fun, playful rethinking and riff on the first two films in the series. George Miller and George Ogilvie give us at least two incredible and inspired action scenes. It really says something about the quality of this manic trilogy that people were disappointed in this film. The sets, costume design and cinematography are the most accomplished of the series. This film is an immaculately and joyously conceived lark.