Sunday, July 27, 2014

There Is A New Mad Max Movie And It Will Slay You

This weekend it happened, one of the biggest collection of nerds, geeks, and fans of Batman descended upon the San Diego Convention Center for the San Diego Comic Con.  The place where people who know the name of every single Enterprise ship can co-exist peacefully with the people who can tell you the name of every Ewok.  Where people can dress like this and be featured on numerous websites the next day in articles entitled "The 17 Most WTF Cosplay Pics From San Diego Comic-Con" (actual title.):

It truly is a magical place.

However, it is not just the place where one could go to unashamedly discuss the merits of Frank Miller's vs Neil Gaiman's depiction of Batman (because obviously Gaiman.) It also is increasingly the place where Hollywood comes to hock their schlock onto the nerd masses.  The kind of superfans who will wait in line 4 hours to see a logo for a new movie that isn't out until next year.

Ah, so it's a bat and an S...WOW!

However, somewhere between the dressing up, the shameless shills, and the overpriced toys, there is often some really cool stuff that shows it's head.

Like the new Mad Max film, which after over a decade in development, is finally going to happen.  Oh, and just in case you were worried that Hollywood forgot about how shitty of a person Mel Gibson is and gave him another shot as Max- Don't even sweat it, because Max is now Tom Hardy, which seems just about perfect.  Alongside Bane stars Charlize Theron, as a warrior named Furiosa, who has a robot arm, which is also perfect.

And I didn't even have to wait in line to see this...

One part of the original series that is staying intact is that George Miller, the director and man behind the series, is fully in control of this one.  This, as you will see below, is a very good thing.

As for the trailer itself, it doesn't look like a movie from 2014, or even 2015 when it will be premiering.  It looks like something straight out of 1973, in the best way possible.  What that means is that this is probably the first major movie release in years that is comprised almost entirely of practical effects.  Which in a movie that is based on a bunch of cobbled together muscle cars running into each other and exploding, goes a very long way into making it seem incredible.  Moreover, the computer effects used are used so sparingly, you barely even notice.  No full green screen work here, just a bunch of insane people in leather bondage gear firing guns at each other as they careen through a desert.

It's pretty much everything I have ever wanted in a Mad Max sequel.

Check it out for yourself:





May 15th, 2015 is going to be a good day.


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