Let’s imagine for a moment that Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was the first Mad Max film to be released. What would be our reception of the film? You must give it credit for being darn creative, right?
Being a sequel must be tough. The bar has been set, the standard has already been marked out, and immediately, there is something to compare it to, the original. Beyond Thunderdome collapses under this pressure, the pressure to be better and madder. Again, if we had nothing to compare it to, the originality of Mad Max, or the intensity of that final chase sequence in Mad Max 2, this film would probably be fantastic, but the fact remains, it was the third instalment.
With Mad Max: Fury Road only hours away from being released, the pressure is on! As FilmMunchers, we have taken the necessary steps to refresh ourselves, we’ve loyally watched the three films again, and we are pumped! The marketing has been on point, and who hasn’t watched the trailers, over and over again!? We are ready! I predict three possible outcomes:
- We love it, and we’re keen as ever, for more!
- We despise it, and refuse to talk about it.
- We have mixed emotions about it, it didn’t quite meet out expectations, but it was still incredible.
No doubt we’ll all have different opinions, and that’s great, we can talk about it, that’s why films are so amazing, they are supposed to encourage discussion. Having said this, I am certain that people who haven’t prepared themselves, that is, watched all the films and the new trailers a million times, their reception to the film will be different. These FilmMunchers will probably walk out of the cinema and think, “I should probably re-watch the originals…” I hope anyway… Point is, we don’t have to wait too long, to find out, what’s going to happen, and that’s exciting, in itself!
Beyond Thunderdome expands on the Mad Max universe, and probably tries to cover to much in one film. The feel of the film is very different, and this is probably because George Miller didn’t really want to make this film, he had a similar story in mind, except it didn’t take place in the Mad Max lore. In addition to this, George’s good friend Byron Kennedy passed tragically during the project, and George lost interest, not surprisingly.
This reminds us that films are people. Films are a collaborative art work, and every film has a story or series of stories behind it, people’s stories. This is why films are worth talking about, and celebrating. Beyond Thunderdome may not be as ‘good’ as the first two instalments, but it’s still worthy of consideration because it’s someone’s story, and stories are beautiful.
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In Bartertown, Max is introduced as “The Man with No Name” in reference to Clint Eastwood’s character in a Fistful of Dollars.