Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Director: George Miller (15)

If staggering out of the cinema thinking you're in a post-apocalyptic desert is a sign of movie success, Mad Max: Fury Road hits the mark. The fact original Mad Max Director George Miller has created this piece of wonderful madness is also outstanding; at 70-years-old Miller has made one of the best action movies in recent memory. It's a lovely day!
Tom Hardy's Max is actually the weakest link in all of this, if there was any criticism. He's still perfect but compared to the other characters, such as Nicholas Hoult's fantastic War Boy Nux, Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa and big baddy Immortan Joe (played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who was original baddy Toecutter in 1979's Mad Max), Max plays second fiddle. Like Ryan Gosling's Driver in Drive, Max is a man of little words but he kicks ass - although recognising when he has to stand back, allowing Furoisa to shoot guns from his shoulder. We wanted to scream 'yes!' as Max realises she's the better shot, and lets her go for it. It's so refreshing to see this in an action film and quite rightly, how things should be. Theron is incredible - powerful, in charge and 'mother' to the harem of sex slaves she rescues from Immortan Joe. The film focuses on their rescue as they basically drive a bit through a desert. Immortan Joe's War Boys chase after them, with drums banging and THE COOLEST DUDE IN CINEMA HISTORY PLAYING FIRE GUITAR. This is truly for cinema fans, an assault on all of your senses, and it feels so good!
The dialogue is strange but endearing - very droogie, Kubrickian and will add to the film's cult status. The cinematography is there to be lapped up - we're putting early money on 2016 Oscar nods for this and Director status - with particular standout scenes being a hardcore sandstorm and the attacks on Furiosa's convoy by bikers and the War Boys.
Hold on tight and we promise you've never seen anything quite like it.
5/5 two-headed lizards