You'll not be able to deny Mad Max: Fury Road. It's the kind of movie you're forced to admire despite whether you like it or not. The sheer amount of energy in the film is visceral, the kind of feeling you take home. Hours after I saw it, my hands were still sweating.
You can check out my full review of the movie here, but there are plenty of other critics who can't get enough of the post-apocalyptic thriller either. Could it win Oscars? Time will tell, but it seems a shoo-in for a number of technical awards and Tom Hardy, and especially Charlize Theron, are being hailed for their wild performances.
Check out what the critics are saying. It's not every day (or year) you see this kind of love for an action movie:
"The long-incubating Mad Max: Fury Road is an R-rated, rocket-fueled romper-stomper, a nonstop chase epic powered by a reported $150 million budget and Miller's indisputable visionary genius. One look at Max, and the kiddie fans of Happy Feet would be traumatized for life." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's all great fun, and quite rousing as well — a large-scale genre movie that is at once unpretentious and unafraid to bring home a message. Way back in the Thunderdome days, Tina Turner sang, 'We don't need another hero.' That's more true than ever, especially during summer movie season. And Mad Max: Fury Road, like its namesake both humble and indomitable, isn't about heroism in the conventional, superpowered sense. It's about revolution." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The new film certainly boasts a higher percentage of flat-out amazing action than any of its predecessors, and that's probably enough said for most of its potential audience. Perhaps the long gestation period served it well. While very similar to its predecessors in almost every way, the film has devilishness in its details. ... And then there's the new leading actor, Tom Hardy, who's so ideal a replacement for Mel Gibson that one wouldn't want to imagine anyone else having taken over the role."
- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"Mad Max: Fury Road isn't a reboot, it's a power-up — an outrageously kinetic, visually inventive, dramatically satisfying demolition derby that pits the matriarchy against the patriarchy while standing as the action film to beat for the rest of the summer, possibly the decade. It may be the best thing Miller has ever done. ... It's enough to renew your faith in movies." - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
"While the extended action sequences are dazzling, the film succeeds mostly due to the powerful performances of Hardy and Theron. The best female action hero since Sigourney Weaver in Alien, Theron is riveting as the clever and determined, shaved-headed Furiosa. She lends the role a fascinating blend of toughness, tenderness and gravitas as we learn her tragic back story in the film's final third. ... Sometimes the vehicular crashes and over-the-top pandemonium grow a bit numbing, though Miller finds a way to make even the carnage inventive." - Claudia Puig, USA Today