The new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer just came out, although the movie doesn’t come out till next year. I’ll miss Mel Gibson, but Thomas Hardy is a fantastic actor. He is someone that can completely transform himself depending on the role. His turn in Bronson is one of my favorite pieces of acting in recent years. Watch him in that and the see if you can find a clip of him in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and you’ll see what I mean. (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, although it featured some great acting, is not really worth watching in total.) The new Mad Max film is also directed by George Miller, who directed the first two, and best, of the original Mad Max Trilogy.
One of my favorite action movies is The Road Warrior. It is totally batshit insane. The sheer forward momentum of the storytelling is impressive. It is completely relentless and completely entertaining. It is full of unforgettable imagery and it is escapist cinema at its absolute best. I am looking forward to the new film and the trailer makes me hopeful that Miller hasn’t lost his edge.