MayaDeren_fan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Such a deceptively wasteful 93 minutes. It’s 25 minutes of plot with an hour of next-to-useless filler. I’m not trying to say that Fury Road is 100x better — it probably is — but there’s just a whole lot wrong with the original that needs mentioning.
To give the film some credit, there are two redeemable aspects to Mad Max. Those being the cinematography and costume design; both making the film more alive and organic in its worldbuilding.
But after that...
First, as I mentioned with all the filler, the pacing to this film is pretty awful. The film starts with a high-octane car chase, which descends into an hour worth of slow, campy melodrama.
With twenty minutes left the film finally resumes to a more action-based tone, but overall it’s highly inconsistent and choppy. The film isn’t sure whether it wants to be a revenge thriller, buddy cop adventure, or campy b-movie. Thankfully Fury Road figures that out.
And from a technical side, the sound mixing is pretty jarring and choppy. The score and sound effects will fluctuate drastically between shots, causing the viewer to come out of the experience — not like there was any real experience worth watching.
I could say more about the poor quality of the film. It’s campy, choppy, bloated, etc. But at this point I’m tired and I just want to put it behind me. Mad Max is not a good movie. That is all.