The reviews for Mad Max: Fury Road have begun rolling in and it’s nearly unanimous: the movie is a critical smash.
Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly says that it “not only captures the same Molotov-cocktail craziness of Miller’s masterpiece, 1981’s The Road Warrior-it’s also a surprisingly hypercaffeinated film for a director in his fifth decade behind the camera.”
His colleague Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter writes, “This madly entertaining new action extravaganza energetically kicks more ass, as well as all other parts of the anatomy, than any film ever made by a 70-year-old – and does so far more skillfully than those turned out by most young turks half his age.”
And Justin Chang of Variety gushes, “Thirty years have passed since our last visit to George Miller’s sun-scorched post-apocalyptic wasteland, and yet ‘worth the wait’ still seems a puny response to the two hours of ferocious, unfettered B-movie bliss offered by Mad Max: Fury Road.
Check out this consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, unusually high for a Hollywood summer blockbuster.
And this is just the first wave of reviews. I still haven’t seen the reviews from two of my favorite critics, A.O. Scott of The New York Times and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, both of whom tend to have pretty strict standards.
Being that Mad Max Universe is a new blog, I wasn’t invited to any press screenings so I’ll just have to wait a couple more days. But I’ll be damned if I’m not invited to an advance screening of the next one!