Review of ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ – A lighter version of ‘Fury Road’ focusing on the origin story

George Miller has returned to the “Mad Max” franchise with a new entry that shifts the focus from Max Rockatansky to the character of Furiosa.

First introduced in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Furiosa, portrayed by Charlize Theron, crosses paths with Max in the barren Wasteland. “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” delves into her story as she is taken from her people and passed from one warlord to another, eventually rising to become the Imperator seeking her way home.

While Max has been a central figure in the franchise, the latest film highlights Furiosa’s popularity, prompting Miller to explore a story about her origins. With high expectations following the success of “Fury Road,” “Furiosa” faces the challenge of living up to its predecessor’s epic reception.

The film features familiar elements from the previous installment, including the return of composer Junkie XL and costume designer Jenny Beavans. Margaret Sixel, editor and Miller’s wife, collaborates with Eliot Knapman, while much of the production team also reunites for the new film.

Although “Furiosa” showcases increased use of visual effects compared to the practical effects of “Fury Road,” the action remains engaging, especially with performances from Anya Taylor-Joy and Ayla Browne portraying Furiosa at different stages of her life.

Chris Hemsworth adds a touch of humor to the film with his portrayal of Dementus, while Tom Burke and Lachy Hulme play significant roles in Furiosa’s journey. The movie also includes appearances from familiar characters from “Fury Road,” delighting fans with nods to the previous installment.

As the “Mad Max” franchise continues to captivate audiences, “Furiosa” exemplifies Miller’s dedication to worldbuilding within the series. Whether he continues to explore Furiosa’s story or shifts back to Max’s narrative, the Wasteland provides ample storytelling opportunities for the filmmaker.

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” is currently showing in cinemas.

Leave a Reply