(Generous) 5 - The worst entry in the series, but not a complete disaster. The set design and costuming are as lovely as ever and the first act is very enjoyable for what it is ("Lite Max"). It's when the film moves past the dome fight and into post-apocalyptic Peter Pan territory that it begins to unwind, and the whole thing promptly succumbs to a major identity crisis; caught between grit and banal geniality.
Forgoing the focused intensity of The Road Warrior, Miller's 3rd entry into the legend of Rockatansky is more epic than ever. With a compelling villain & an energy-subplot that sort of works, the film's insanity comes to an early peak in the bungee cord battle. But once it leaves Bartertown it becomes a creepy & compelling spin on Lord Of The Flies. It may be flawed but it makes up for it all in the final chase.
I didn't get what the heck is this, it feels like a short film extended to a feature length! Maurice Jarre's unstoppable soundtrack sounds like a piece of some fantasy film made especially for vhs release only and it's purely annoying. Those poor action scenes! Those muttering, grumbling children! And Tina Turner is one bad actress.
Lo mejor es su primera media hora. Es el mundo que se introduce al universo steampunk. La lógica es que, ya décadas post-decadencia, la tecnología está evolucionando aunque con precariedad. Turner, el enano y el gigante, ambos de una personalidad poderosa. La lucha en la jaula, las leyes de una "constitución"; son atractivas. La otra parte, una fábula a lo Peter Pan. Eran los 80, tenía que ser comercial (menos gore).
Not my favourite Mad Max Film with it's softer tone on violence & that horrible Tina Turner soundtrack, also let's not get started with the Neverland Lost Boys reference. Overall it's a good to watch, some memoriable moments but don't expect it to top the first two.
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.