Fury Road: The Blacker The Berry
“I am your redeemer. It is by my hand you will rise from the ashes of this world” – Immortan Joe
Mad Max: Fury Road takes place in a pretty fucked up world. Women are mostly used for breeding, while a ruthless dictator promotes false promises of a paradise known as Valhalla to all of the dudes. Basically, this is Oscar worthy shit.
Charlize Theron’s performance as the stoic, Imperator Furiosa, combined with the method acting of Tom Hardy’s Max may be alienating to some, but fuck them. The chemistry between these two was spot on and as a viewer who never saw any of the original films, Furioa’s screen time didn’t bother me, unlike some fuckboys. Sure, she gave Max orders and even kicked his ass a little bit. But I’m still failing to see the problem with that.
It’s very easy to dismiss this as just another action film with striking visuals. And while that sandstorm ranks as probably my favorite scene in any movie, ever, I can’t deny that the characters were equally compelling. But those visuals were on point. So after I heard that a Black & Chrome edition had released, I promptly threw my money at the television (or PSN). This is Fury Road, but blacker. And whiter. It’s just very black. But also very white. It’s the Black & Chrome edition and as I watch it I can feel myself getting blacker, too. Now while I’m sure this edition doesn’t quite match the blackness of what Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome probably encompassed, I’ll stand firm in my beliefs that this is the most politically correct version of any action film. This is true and supported with factual evidence I’m sure.
This is Fury Road, but blacker. And whiter. It’s just very black. But also very white. It’s the Black & Chrome edition and as I watch it I can feel myself getting blacker, too.
Watching this movie in black and white was something I never realized I needed in my life. I enjoyed it so much that it’s now my favorite version of the film. It also helps that this was George Miller’s original vision for the movie. Making it an honor to experience the film in how it was meant to be seen. This version commands your attention just as much as the original, if not more. Some may think that the lack of color takes away from the film, but it adds a layer of depth that’s missing from most action films of today.
If you want to ride to Valhalla, shiny and chrome, then this is the definitive version of Mad Max: Fury Road.