You know, I wish I could admire this film for its unique style and the effort that went in the stunts and special effects. But, it does a very poor job of explaining its universe, and the plot is overly familiar at its best, and very contrived at is worst. Plus, I don't really have that much of an affinity for vehicular porn.
Mad Max is like one of its infinite expanses of asphalt. Sure, Miller's post-apocalyptic-present knack for esoteric world and character building spark curiosity, but it is such a dry, hot, tiring, uninteresting ride without notion of pace. What a coincidence that the most engaging part of the movie takes place in green lands. Entertaining bits, otherwise a big, slow, sluggish bore.
(Generous) 7 - Very nice little gutsy low-budget film with charm to spare. Quite rough around the edges, and a bit incoherently-built on occasion, but it's honestly very good for a first effort and even has occasional flashes of brilliance. A cult classic, even if the best was yet to come.
This is where it all begins. The first film had some okay moments while it had some brilliant action-packed moments (the beginning & ending) and is focused on its storyline & characters (including Max). Though, I always preferred the second film because it was way more entertaining (even iconic) & interesting than the first or third films.