The fourth in the Mad Max franchise, which began with the classic Mad Max in 1979, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is directed by the one and only George Miller and is an immediately iconic action film. Its synopsis is as follows:
An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. (source)
This film is one of my greatest regrets; in that I’ve only ever seen it on a television, and never on a huge cinema screen like it is truly intended. Mad Max: Fury Road is a truly exhilarating experience no matter the size of the screen, but I get the feeling that the action would be even more mindblowing and immersive in a cinema environment. Regardless, I recently had the chance to watch this on a television screen again, and was yet again stunned by the visuals on display. I have previously posted my thoughts on the film, and always knew I would have to do a separate post on how much I loved the way the film looks and moves.
Cinematographer John Seale worked on Mad Max: Fury Road. His previous films include Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Rain Man (1988), Witness (1985), The English Patient (1996), amongst many others. One common theme amongst the visuals of all of these films is the use of vibrant and interesting colour combinations, which is definitely the case for Mad Max: Fury Road as well.
Basically, Mad Max: Fury Road is a triumph of so many creative fields – cinematography, editing, colour grading, costume and set design, and just shotmaking in general. The entire thing, from start to finish, looks absolutely gorgeous. Shot on location in the deserts of Namibia, the film makes great use of its natural environment and dusty surroundings. Dominant energetic colours of blue/teal and orange/yellow keep your eyes on the prize at all times. The use of colour and colour grading in particular is so commendable; you’d think that the constant blue and orange would get tiring, but it never does, and every now and then we get a flash of another colour on the spectrum (e.g. red or green) and instead of looking out of place, the object/person looks significant and interesting. I’m betting that Mad Max: Fury Road will sweep all the creative Oscars like Gravity (2014) did.
Find below my favourite shots from the film, mixed up to avoid plot spoilers. Given my love for the visuals of this film, there will probably be heaps.
Watch the trailer here.
All screencaps from kissthemgoodbye.net.