It’s Friday. That’s good. The end of the week is here, and soon it will be time for a cooling beer and thoughts a lie in. That is, of course, if you can get home without being trapped in traffic. Being stuck in a queue and seriously quash your mojo. As such, have a cathartic video from Mad Max: Fury Road. There are no traffic jams here. Just lot of destruction and vehicular mayhem. Oh, and of course, no green screen silliness.
George Miller, the brain behind the Mad Max films DOES NOT LIKE CGI! If a Ford Falcon has to fly through the air, or if a Mercedes-Benz W123 limo/truck/tanker/thing has to blow up, then they will physically fly and literally explode. because wanton destruction gets the best results. Plus, it’s fun.
Mad Max: carnage for all!
The obvious sentiment here is that it would be simply wrong to use CGI on a Mad Max flick. The original films with Mel ‘I’m not crazy, honest’ Gibson used physical stunts. Why should the newest incarnation be any different? Why indeed.
George Miller made his stunt team work. Being suspending from moving mechanical behemoths was all part of the working day on the set. Oh, and how about being dangled on a 25 foot tall spike that swings left to right while being attached to a car going 60mph. Yup, that was all real, too. Impressive.
Mad Max: Fury Road was a masterclass in stunt work. As the video shows, it wasn’t a case of doing physical stunts because they had to. No, it was about pushing the limits of practical stunt work. No movie can match it. And was there an Oscar for the stunts? Nope. Because it didn’t deserve it? Also nope. It’s because there isn’t a category for it. Shameful. Sort it out Hollywood.