I mean, even for “Mad Max,” this is pretty “Mad Max.”
To cleanse the palate, this is apparently not a case of an action flick’s two or three best sequences being chopped up and tossed into a blender of a trailer to make the film look more fast-paced to preview audiences than it is. This really is what the entire movie’s going to be like, start to finish.
In a July 2014 interview at Comic-Con, [writer/director George] Miller said he designed the film in storyboard form before writing the screenplay, working with five storyboard artists. It came out as about 3,500 panels, almost the same number of shots as in the finished film. He wanted the film to be almost a continuous chase, with relatively little dialogue, and to have the visuals come first. Paraphrasing Hitchcock, Miller said that he wanted the film to be understood in Japan without the use of subtitles.
I feel like every movie that’s ever been made, from “The Godfather” on down, would have benefited from at least one heartstopping desert demolition derby scene between post-apocalyptic mutants. And now we’re going to have a movie that’s nothing but that. Life is good, my friends.
No Mel this time, though. He’s too old. And too, well, Mel.