Okay, so I just saw Mad Max: Fury Road and I highly recommend you do too. Preferably while it’s still in theaters, because those explosions look fucking awesome on the big screen.
Here’s just a couple things I liked about the movie:
The MRA (Men’s Right Activists) are boycotting it. They’re pissed that it shatters their idea of women’s roles in apocalypse movies. Pissed that entranced by the crazy fight scenes and adrenaline rushes they might, just for a moment, forget to hate feminism.
“…Men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes,” says Aaron Clarey, who in my mind looks like a large man in a diaper and bonnet.
There’s the wives, chosen for their beauty (though in all probability they wouldn’t be shaped like runway models, but who said this film was gunning for realism?) fighting alongside a clan of older (kick ass) women, lead by the forces of the Furiosa, arguably the real protagonist of the movie, who can kick ass without (gasp) being clad only in tight leather.
The consequences of a patriarchal society that men experience too are shown. Look at the War Boys, cogs in a violent machine expected to behave in a certain way in order to have glory.
Furiosa is what moves the plot and not because she’s a romantic interest for Mad Max or anything like that, it’s because she’s a bad ass woman on a mission and Mad Max ends up coming along for the ride. It’s Furiosa running the show, and Max isn’t in the least bit threatened by that.
So is it a feminist masterpiece?
Well, maybe not entirely. Even with Eve Ensler on set, it was still written by three men and directed by a man. And there is, as it seems with every post-apocalyptic movie, a mostly white-washed cast (criticism regarding race issues? Not Ensler’s first rodeo).
But it’s a big step in the right direction.