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Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley writes about speculative fiction and radical politics from a queer revolutionary perspective. Currently her main project is Nowhere and Back Again, a psychogeography of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Her first project was the now semi-retired blog Dreams of Orgonon, a song-by-song study of Kate Bush. Support Christine on Patreon.

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  1. Nick Walters
    June 7, 2024 @ 8:32 am

    I was blown away by this. Left the cinema trembling with emotion. Dune left me cold despite wanting to like it, but this is the real deal. Epic, cinematic storytelling at its best.

    An absolutely stunning achievement that is superior to Fury Road and embellishes the lore, showing us Gas Town and the Bullet Farm (only mentioned in FR). Action more imaginative and expansive. Moments of breathtaking beauty. And pleasingly, nastily as violent as it can be within the rating.

    Furiosa’s story mirrors that of Max in the first film. Revenge. Max was left cold and dead inside by his vengeance, only learning to come out of his shell (a bit) over the events of the next 2 films. (Not Fury Road though. I don’t buy Tom Hardy as Max; in my headcanon he’s a grown-up Feral Kid). Furiosa walks a similar (Fury) road, but it’s a more redemptive arc. But only slightly.

    I love how, despite the time between these films and the improvements in technology, they visibly exist in the same universe. Dementus (Chris Hemsworth having fun and with an incredible prosthetic conk!) could have rode straight into Mad Max 2 or Thunderdome on his motorbike chariot!

    I cheered when the Doof Warrior appeared. Can’t remember last time I cheered in the cinema.

    Film of the year.

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  2. Christopher Brown
    June 8, 2024 @ 8:46 pm

    I haven’t seen Fury Road in long enough to say for sure that I disagree with your assessment that Furiosa is superior, but that’s a hell of a bold take and you argue it well.

    I have to say, I really hope any future Max/Furiosa movies take place after Fury Road instead of serving as prequels to it, not least because Furiosa is already close to the best possible outcome of that approach. The box office response to Furiosa certainly makes my blood boil at the state of popular cinema, but hopefully one positive outcome is that it could convince Miller to move forward with the series’ chronology rather than continue to look backwards.

    (Just FYI, I think there’s places you meant to say Furiosa in the text and put Fury Road instead?)

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    • Christopher Brown
      June 8, 2024 @ 8:54 pm

      (And of course, I check after I leave my comment and find articles about how the claims of Furiosa’s box office failure are overblown…)

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    • Ross
      June 9, 2024 @ 12:02 am

      I am okay with one more prequel on the condition that they make it about Max and CGI-interpolate him throughout the movie so that he’s played by Mel Gibson in the first scene and inexplicably ages over the course of the movie into Tom Hardy.

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      • Christopher Brown
        June 9, 2024 @ 3:46 am

        Clearly, a very serious suggestion that’s guaranteed to turn out spectacularly well, from the casting announcement to the CGI. Bonus points if they have Mel Gibson as he looks now rather than de-aging him at the start, to make the age gap stand out all the more.

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