Mad Max Blu-ray Review
When revisiting Mad Max by way of its new Blu ray release, we might be tempted to sigh and roll our eyes at the sheer cliché, as it seems that too much of what we see here we have seen so many times before. Aside from the revenge pornography, I've encountered so many dystopias in sci-fi that I can't anymore shake the feeling of dissonance from the highly improbable worlds seeming always to be constructed for such purposes.
It's not enough to say, however, that we've seen it before. All of these things came from somewhere. And, it seems, for the purposes of our film culture, many of these things came from Mad Max, though perhaps not as elegantly constructed before as then. This isn't to paint it entirely with the original label; revenge fantasies must first punish the hero, and we delight in this as we must to delight in what comes after; and surely this must come from some base instinct come long before the notion of film. Goose must die, as must Max's family, and it must be painful, and horrible, or we should not like the result.
The trick is not to produce something wholly original; this could be no more appealing than the taste of an entirely alien food, its molecules tuned to taste buds we mere humans lack. We can't ask for even a single new thing, and this is a test that Mad Max would fail. What we must demand, however, is the synthesis of that which we already know in novel ways, so as to make us reconsider the ways in which the things we know contribute to our understanding of ourselves. Here is where Mad Max shines.
Here also is where it falters. Well synthesized the tropes here may be, but the metamorphosis of ideas is an evolutionary process, whose failings of the past the shine of a new Blu ray transfer cannot hide. It's been done better. But perhaps it's best to set Mad Max within its own time, and leave it there, revisiting it by our more modern means every once in a while.
Ostensibly a programmer from faraway places, Stephen recognizes that making up your mind about movies and television is a simple matter of imposition in the form of review, and he who controls minds controls the world. No word yet on how that second part is progressing. After seeing many films, a few good, for FlickDirect, he returned to faraway places, but still checks in from time to time.
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Directed by: George Miller
MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Running Time: 88 minutes
Distributed by: Kennedy-Miller Productions
Artwork and photos © Kennedy-Miller Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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