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5 years ago
Well, it's basically a two-hour chase sequence with a few pauses... but yes, it's amazingly well done. Old hand George Miller takes advantage of all the modern techniques - hyper-fast editing, CGI, etc - but he uses these things for storytelling purposes, not to show us how fast he can edit or how good his CGI is. He never sacrifices the clarity of the visual storytelling. The production and costume design has a gnarly, knotty detail and complexity. The brazenly ironic and stylised salvagepunk visual world of the movie makes it like an 80s auteur film made on a vast budget and with modern techniques. The result is jaw-droppingly good. It instantly makes just about every other blockbuster movie of recent years look quaint and windy. Mad Max: Fury Road
makes Avengers: Age of Ultron
look like a Cameron Crowe movie in which the assembled twee, privileged assholes play with action figures and make "boom" noises.
I'm not going to go into much political detail. I've junked most of what I've been trying to write about this movie, largely because of this
article at Jacobin
, which says everything I ...
9 years ago
And so it came to pass that Series 3 ended with a trilogy. And Jack looked upon the trilogy. And Jack saw that it was... umm... er...'Utopia'
Good stuff; the Master's return at the end is the least of it. We have to put up with some of the obligatory "gee, aren't humans just neat?!" stuff from the Doctor, but it passes soon enough. Yana is a touching, melancholic figure. Chantho is one of my favourite characters in all Who
. The scene where the Doctor and Jack finally discuss Jack's immortality is beautifully scripted and acted. The desolated conglomeration is beautiful.
The whole set up is pregnant with intricate, sombre, uncomfortable implications. At the end of everything, with even the galaxies disappearing... amidst a wasteland, haunted by a dead city and one lone survivor (who still clings to her obsolete cultural norms)... amidst all these things, there are two groups of humans... the unreasoningly fierce and cruel "futurekind", with their gnashing sharp teeth, their flaming torches and their mindless desire to destroy... and the refugees who huddle together for warmth; who value family and friendship; who have created structure and purpose out of ...