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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Report Card----"Mad Max: Fury Road"

This is the kind of movie that I would never consider sitting through, except for the fact that they sent me the DVD, and it was nominated for
Best Picture.
It is post-apocalyptic Cowboys and Indians.
Not my favorite thing.
The first hour-and-a-half is a complete, extremely loud shoot-'em-up, with incredibly sophisticated weaponry.
And I gave less than a crap about it.
The story was buried somewhere in there.
I sort of cared about the last half-hour, but not enough to justify what preceded it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Mostly not.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

Mostly not.

Is it well written?

I barely detected any writing.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Tom Hardy is probably the best actor I never heard of until this year.
Charlize Theron was quite effective.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I'm aware of.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Way long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?


Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It's Good Guys vs. Bad Guys. So what do you think?

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all. I was still trying to get the ringing out of my ears.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Knowing what I know now, I would have skipped it altogether.

Is it impressive?

Only on a special-effects level.

Overall grade: C-.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."