First Reviews and Reactions to Mad Max: Fury Road Call It a 'Masterpiece'

Monday, 11 May 2015 - 1:12PM
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Monday, 11 May 2015 - 1:12PM
First Reviews and Reactions to Mad Max: Fury Road Call It a 'Masterpiece'
Mad Max: Fury Road finally comes out this weekend, and the first reviews are raves beyond our wildest expectations. Critics tend to despise action movies on principle, but in spite of that uphill battle, reviewers are consistently calling it "poetic," "the best action movie of the year," and most of all, a "masterpiece":



















And even the ones who refrain from using the word "masterpiece" are no less effusive in their praise:







That being said, the film wasn't without its detractors: 



Just kidding, it really is devoid of detractors so far, garnering a whopping 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after 23 official reviews. That's enough to make anyone excited for this movie, but here are some of the most encouraging snippets from the reviews, especially for those of us who were a little concerned about the gender dynamics:

"What some may find surprising about Miller's latest venture is that it's a rare feminist-friendly action movie in which Theron's Furiosa and the women she's saving have far more to say and do, constantly proving themselves to be far more logical and practical than the men chasing after them."Coming Soon

"This is the richest of the four films thematically. It's the best script in the series overall. The way it grapples with ideas of both patriarchy and matriarchy, and the world feels lived in. It overwhelmed me. It was so much more than I hoped it would be, so much more than Hollywood has convinced us any blockbuster needs to be. George Miller is still the King; long live Mad Max."Hitfix

"Though there's barely any dialogue in "Fury Road" (and most of it is drowned out by the sound of roaring engines), the film is also a pointed critique of a world where men seek to control, possess, and repress women."Screencrush

"Miller's world is an unvarnished portrait of man at his most primitive, and the subjugation of women has been a recurring motif. With Furiosa behind the wheel, though, "Fury Road" steers this testosterone-soaked franchise in a brilliant new direction, forging a mythical portrait about the urgent need for female rule in a world where men need to be saved from themselves."Time Out New York

"It's the best movie of the year thus far and I can only presume will end the season as the summer's best would-be blockbuster... There are real artistry and poetry to the onscreen chaos. This is a spectacular action picture that slowly morphs into an out-and-out great film."Forbes

"George Miller's relentlessly satisfying "Mad Max" universe... remains captivating as ever in the Australian director's long-awaited fourth entry, "Mad Max: Fury Road," a kinetic tone poem in blockbuster clothing."IndieWire

"Fury Road is a bracing, nervy, weirdo adventure that more than lives up to its beautifully cut trailers. I doubt there will be a more rousing potential blockbuster released this summer. Go see it. It's maddeningly good."Vanity Fair

Mad Max: Fury Road comes out on May 15, and I'm not sure there's anyone who won't be seeing it now.
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