The Adventures of Mad Max and the Lost Canyon Kids

The final film of my Mad Max-athon, and as expected it was bad. Perhaps if I was 12 I would enjoy it much more.

This was made in 1985, a couple of years after Return of the Jedi, and I suspect George Miller was inspired by that film. Just one cute kid was not enough, so he did a George Lucas and added a whole bunch of them as a tribe of kids that lived in a canyon, with not an adult in sight. He also basically based the whole film around them, with Max as their reluctant leader.

George Miller must have also been inspired by Steven Spielberg as he then decided to tone down the killing and violence. Most characters in this survived being blown up or otherwisely injured, and while there were a few guns, no one actually used them. Mad Max needs violence.

There was also very little car mayhem as you would also expect of a Mad Max film, apart from the climactic ending involving a car and plane chase. It was a bit lame though, and too short.

And the Thunderdome component of the film was only a minor part. Tina Turner totally terrible.

Next, I will have to wait several months for the new Mad Max film to come out on DVD here. It seems like it will be well worth the wait.

Date watched: June 11th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2015: 79

This is spot-on…

Mad Max 2

I continued my Mad Max-athon last night.

This is more like the apocalytic wasteland Mad Max we all know. Set in the desert and centred around an oil drilling compound that is protected by nasty things like flamethrowers, barbed wire, and a boy with a finger-slicing boomerang.

Mel Gibson was still good. Did you know that he is actually an American born in New York? Well, he is. Only his grandmother is an Aussie, and he went to Australia when he was 12 and obviously picked up the accent well.

Unfortunately the director decided the film needed comedy relief in the form of a tall and lanky fellow who pilots a gyrocopter, and that it needed a cute but vicious finger-slicing boomerang-throwing boy. Mad Max films do not need these two things. It had some great villains though.

A lot of the stunts looked pretty hairy, especially the tanker chasing scene with cars and bodies flying everywhere, that will all be CG these days and cost millions more to make. And there was a humungous explosion which was absolutely fabs. One or two of the chase scenes had obviously been sped up which looked a bit Benny Hill-ish.

The story was simple, but Mad Max does not need no stinkin’ story, just the action which this has plenty of.

I am not really expecting much of the next film, Tina Turner and apocalyptic wastelands do not seem like a good combination to me. I saw it a time ago, but forgotten it, maybe for good reason.

Date watched: June 7th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2015: 78

Mad Max

With all the ado recently about the new Mad Max film I thought I would revisit the original.

I remember most of it, especially the couple of eye-popping scenes in the film which I remember at the time being absolutely fascinating.

It has not aged well, but it has solid performances and is a pretty good but simple story. It used a lot of dramatic trumpets or bass drums a lot, and in places there was incidental music playing where it shouldn’t have been in my opinion.

The later Mad Max films were apocalyptic wastelands, but this film was basically just about a bike gang versus cops, with normal people going about their normal trivial everyday lives around them.

I don’t know where in Australia this was filmed, but it was an awfully nice looking place. I must get there some day.

Mel Gibson was good in this, and it is very hard to compare him to the present day angry version of Mel Gibson. The chap who played “Toecutter” was the star of the show though, thoroughly evil and nutters.

Date watched: June 4th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2015: 76