Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Everyone is talking about the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

Loads of people aren’t talking about the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 19:01


Ha ha! All those people at Comic-Con were so pleased with themselves that they’d seen the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. What an exclusive. Well, that justified the trip to San Diego and queuing behind a man from Colorado dressed as Boba Fett for six hours. What do you know? Warner Brothers, juiced by the positive reaction, immediately released the thing on YouTube. You can see why. It’s a… Well, it’s a reasonably good trailer that reassures us that George Miller — back at directing duties 30 years after the so-so Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome — is not deviating too far from his own template. Sure, he now has Tom Hardy in the driving seat. But the promo swells with references to the trilogy and, in particular, to the brilliant Mad Max 2.

We know that Miller is back in charge because he is identified as a “mastermind” in the trailer. I don’t know about you, but, to me, that phrase suggests “evil genius” or man in corduroys answering Magnus Magnusson’s questions about the Boer War. Anyway, there are pointers here towards good decisions being made. It looks as if, in the form of Charlize Theron, the film may feature at least one properly assertive female character. (The least said about the casting of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley the soonest mended.) I like that shot of the flares. The ochre cinematography looks lovely. But none of this means anything. We all remember that misunderstanding over Godzilla. Right?

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