“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” review: Furiosa and the wrath of women

This story of the origins of the character of Furiosa, played here by Anya Taylor-Joy, unfortunately does not possess the vengeful power deployed by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: The Road to Chaos in 2015.

As much Mad Max: The Road to Chaos was a sensory saturation (particularly in AVX format), as much Furiosa: a Mad Max saga is intended to be more contemplative, even philosophical, which leaves the film buff in search of thrills wanting more despite the use of the IMAX format.

Anya Taylor-Joy in a scene from the feature film

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Somewhere in the Wasteland, this inhospitable desert crisscrossed by hordes of bikers, lives a community which lacks nothing and whose children are born without deformities. It is during a gathering expedition that we meet little Furiosa (Alyla Browne, masterful). Her temerity led to her being kidnapped by the gang of Dementus (Chris Hemsworth who reminds us that he is capable of breaking out of Marvel’s restrictive register) despite the efforts of his mother (Charlee Fraser) and Vulvalini (Elsa Pataky, spouse of Chris Hemsworth in real life) to extract it.

The little girl soon finds herself in the Citadel of Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme) where she manages to pass herself off as a boy in order to escape the fate of breeding females reserved for women. As an adult, Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy) allies herself with Praetorian Jack (Tom Burke), commander of the Citadel’s military forces.

George Miller gets caught in his own game

The first half of this Furiosa: a Mad Max saga at the artificially inflated duration of 148 minutes is grandiose. George Miller delivers breathtaking moments of which he has the secret, served by the performance of little Alyla Browne as well as the fight scenes and the stunts of Charlee Fraser, all magnified by the immense IMAX format screen.


Chris Hemsworth in “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga”

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Upon arrival in the Citadel, everything becomes more normal, if we can apply this term to the nightmarish post-apocalyptic universe created by George Miller 45 years ago. Despite all her good will, Anya Taylor-Joy struggles to convince as a younger version of Charlize Theron whose rage she cannot express. The actress, seen for the blink of an eyelash in the Dune: Part Two by Denis Villeneuve, has the body and posture of a ballerina (she did classical dance until the age of 15), not of a fighter. And her huge eyes unfortunately don’t express much, unlike the very young Alyla Browne whose stoicism commands admiration.

Second feature film in a new trilogy announced by George Miller himself, Furiosa: a Mad Max saga falls into the trap of wanting to explain the inexplicable, of clumsily attempting to explore the formation of a universe that needs no explanation, of delving into the past of a character, certainly remarkably interesting, while forgetting all logic and coherence . Miller does Miller, Miller listens to himself and watches himself film. It is all the more unfortunate as we would have liked to adhere unreservedly to this proposal which could have been much more powerful.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The film opens on May 24.

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