Cannes 2024 Review: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ – George Miller’s Most Ambitious Project Yet

Landon Johnson reviews Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. This George Miller-directed prequel stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Alyla Browne and Tom Burke.
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In 1979, George Miller made his directorial debut with Mad Max, an indie film about a cop battling a biker gang in a near-future world. Now, 45 years later, the ambitious filmmaker returns to that wild dystopian universe, and we are thrilled to be along for the wild ride. 

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is many things: an epic tale of a homeward journey that expands its dystopian, post-apocalyptic setting; a prequel to the Oscar-winning 2015 action film Mad Max: Fury Road; and possibly Miller’s most ambitious project yet. In the film, Anya Taylor-Joy guides the audience on her quest to find home. Miller’s exquisite directorial skill and sharp casting create a prequel masterpiece that immerses us in Furiosa’s struggle. It dives deeper than women’s empowerment and becomes a story of resilience.

Survival of the fittest rules the Wasteland, and Furiosa embodies this law. Taylor-Joy’s confident portrayal of the title character and Miller’s focus on her strong, unflinching gaze reveal a woman hardened by a brutal world yet longing for the one of abundance that she lost. While Charlize Theron set a high bar in Fury Road, Taylor-Joy excels in a nearly wordless performance, not speaking until halfway through, showcasing her exceptional talent as an actress. Taylor-Joy portrays a powerful yet tragic character with ease. Furiosa’s gripping quest to return to The Green Place of Many Mothers, a place of abundance, remains compelling, even though we know she likely won’t reach it.

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Chris Hemsworth delivers an impressive performance as the charming yet chilling warlord Dementus. Seamlessly transitioning from the charming Thor to Dementus, a man fueled by cruelty, proves Hemsworth’s talent for complex villain roles. Charlee Fraser shines as Furiosa’s mother, Mary Jabassa, fiercely protecting her daughter. Fraser’s doe-like eyes mirror Taylor-Joy’s, visually linking their characters and deepening our attachment to Mary. Tom Burke, as War Rig Master Praetorian Jack, complements Taylor-Joy’s silent dedication with a portrayal that is both tough and heartfelt, embodying the resilience forged from the need for survival. 

In this Wasteland, the post-apocalyptic desert of George Miller’s Mad Max series, motorbikes, and tense action scenes are plentiful. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is packed with over-the-top stunts and eccentric characters of Fury Road, along with its unique, brutal beauty, making it stand out as an action film. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a unique cinematic experience that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while eagerly awaiting the next installment in what is destined to become one of the most celebrated franchises in cinematic history.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga opens in theaters and IMAX on May 24, 2024.

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a unique cinematic experience that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while eagerly awaiting the next installment in what is destined to become one of the most celebrated franchises in cinematic history.
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