Friday, June 14, 2024

Anya Taylor-Joy Wows as Furiosa in new Mad Max Saga Film

Movie Title: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Starring Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Lachy Hulme, Angus Sampson, Alyla Browne, Nathan Jones, and Josh Helman

Release date: May 24, 2024

Movie time length: 2 hours 28 minutes

TV rating: R

Remember when we all lost our minds over the reboot of the Mad Max franchise with Mad Max: Fury Road? Well, director George Miller has done it again. I was wowed by this film’s intensity, action, emotion, and beauty. It’s been nine years since the last Mad Max film, and Miller hasn’t lost a beat. Skeptics said Anya Taylor-Joy looks nothing like Charlize Theron who played the character in the previous film, while others believe she would be mediocre in such a high-octane movie. I say this might be her best role yet.


Watching Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga on an IMAX screen with an intro from George Miller was the best way to watch this film. The free popcorn, candy, and drinks during the film, a reception with complimentary food and drinks, and an opportunity to chat with Miller were the cherry on top of an epic watch party. After viewing stunning action sequences, fantastic acting, and remarkable visuals on the IMAX screen, I had one question for Miller: “Was that Anya’s voice at the end, or did they dub Charlize for effect?

Miller didn’t even realize that the two sounded similar until someone else pointed it out. It was all Anya. He was just as impressed with her as I was. When I heard this, my reaction to Anya’s portrayal of Furiosa resulted in even more admiration.

In Furiosa, Taylor-Joy is a younger version of the iconic warrior woman. Stolen away from her green home by raiders, Furiosa grows up between two captors, the hilarious and frightening psychopath Dr. Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) and the brawny warlord Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme). Furiosa is in constant danger on both sides, but she is determined to survive long enough to either escape or exact revenge on those who have taken everything from her.

For those who have seen Fury Road, we know what’s in store for Furiosa. The trick was to show us how she got there without losing the tension and the adrenaline that makes up a Mad Max film. To that point, Anya is an incredible actress. I was invested in both her story and character arc. I cared what happened to her. She rarely says a word in this film, yet all her emotions and thoughts are conveyed through her body language and, of course, those eyes. Her energy and chemistry with the rest of the cast is enjoyable to watch; particularly her scenes with Tom Burke, who portrays Praetorian Jack, and Chris Hemsworth.

Furiosa is divided into several thrilling chapters. While pure action was the order of the day for Fury Road, this film is more character-driven in this dystopian horror. We just aren’t rooting for Furiosa, but we care about what happens to her. There was more emotional investment this time around. The film shows that strong female characters are and can be just as essential to the epic action plot, as their male counterparts.

When you are portraying the title character, you have to give off that main character energy. Amongst the epic cinematography and dystopian chaos, I never lost focus of who this story was truly about. You can tell this film was a true labor of love from all parties involved in front and behind the camera. The cool thing is, you don’t have to watch Mad Max: Fury Road in order to understand and enjoy Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. The film is a phenomenal addition to the franchise, along with its lead actress. 


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