A reboot done right! Mad Max: Fury Road is no stranger to rave reviews, thanks especially to the electric performances of stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult. Imaginative landscapes and awe-inspiring world-building no doubt helped it along as well. Everything about Mad Max: Fury Road was done so right, in fact, that besides swimming in critical acclaim and a massive theatrical run, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has awarded it the organization’s annual Grand Prix, and selected it as the best film of 2015.
FIPRESCI has been around since the 1920’s, boasting sections in 50 nations world-wide. The 493 members nominated films for the award in an open poll, then pared the selection down to four finalists. The other contestants for this year’s award were Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, László Nemes’s Son of Saul and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi. Mad Max director George Miller will receive acknowledgement at the opening ceremony of the 63rd San Sebastián Film Festival later this month, where his film, ranked to be one of his best works, will be screened.
The FIPRESCI Grand Prix was introduced in 1999, and the previous recipients of the award have been heavyhitter filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Richard Linklater. Given that you’d be hard pressed to find a negative review of Mad Max: Fury Road anywhere at all, the nomination and win come as little surprise.
One aspect of the film that may have helped it gain such a worldwide fan base was its intricate and amazing visual storytelling. Language barriers are no longer an obstacle when the story is visually unfolding before you. Adding merit to this notion is the fact that a silent cut of the film is being released on Blu-ray.
So it’s indisputable that in terms of reboots, Miller got the formula perfect. Let’s see if he can keep it going when he takes on the planned sequel!
Mad Max: Fury Road is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, and available for digital download.