MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME -- Any good?

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  1. Kenneth English

    Kenneth English Second Unit

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    This is the only one of the Mad Max movies I haven't seen. I thought the first was okay (great action scenes but somewhat dull otherwise) and THE ROAD WARRIOR was, of course, pure undiluted greatness but I just never got around to the third. Opinions?
     
  2. Chuck Mayer

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    Ken,
    I enjoyed it. It's definitely different-minded than the first two, but it holds up quite well. The Maurice Jarre score is neat, and the Thunderdome itself is very cool. Definitely worth a look[​IMG]
    Take care,
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  3. Jack Briggs

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    If you're into this series, then it's interesting. Taken alone, though, the plot holes are big enough to fly a 747 through. But I enjoyed the thing, warts and all.
     
  4. Brook K

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    I would say NO, it sucks the exhaust from the tailpipe of the last of the V8 Cruisers. But if you thought the original was boring, then maybe you would like it.

    "We don't need another hero"
     
  5. RobertR

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    It got too preachy at the end for me--making too many solemn pronouncements about how bad it all was for the children. The second one was much much better--making the point by simply SHOWING the struggle to survive in an effective manner.
     
  6. Jack Briggs

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    True. Good point.
     
  7. Jeff Adams

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    I liked it. I actually liked it more than the first one. Of course it isn't even close to The Road Warrior, but it was very entertaining. I remember watching it all the time when I was a kid. If you have Starz or HBO they are playing it all the time right now.
     
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    I liked it. MMBT is more fleshed out than TRW, but not as kinetic. It's more of an adventure movie than an action movie if that makes sense.
     
  9. Seth Paxton

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    The first half is every bit as strong as TRW IMHO. But Robert et al are correct when they say that the kids angle gets played too hard.

    Still, surrounding that is a continuation of the great environment, some good villians (even Tina's character I think), and more of that great action.

    There's a little bit of Good Bad Ugly with a desert stranding scene.

    If Max is 7

    RW is 9

    then Thunderdome is 6

    to me of course.

    I happen to think The Road Warrior is one of the finest action films every made and would sit in my top 30 if I ever get around to doing a full list.

    Just check the sig...
     
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    Seth, as usual, takes the words right outta my mouth.
     
  11. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

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    "every made"
    So your saying we BOTH have bad grammer? [​IMG]
     
  12. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    "Ladies and Gentlemen...Boys and Girls...Dyin' times here"

    That was my favorite quote when I was younger. I liked the film then, I still like it now. Not as strong as the first two, to be sure, but still a good, fun film. And who could forget Angry Anderson as Ironbar?

    Bruce
     
  13. Todd McF

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    BTW, in reference to his AMC Javelin, its "Last of the V8 Interceptors..."

    I cried when he wreaked it in Road Warrior.
     
  14. Gruson

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    The Road Warrior is great.

    Mad Max is good too.

    I did not like Thunderdome at all though....
     
  15. Mike boettner

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    btw its not an AMC its a ford falcon(oz version)

    the road warrior is the best movie ever made!!!

    mad max is damn good!

    mad max 3 is ok(could have been a hell of alot better),worth watching though.
     
  16. Brook K

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    I stand corrected...Interceptors, it's been awhile.
    But I guess I'm the only one here that prefers Mad Max. Where The Road Warrior is really just an action film, albeit a very good one, Mad Max presents the beginning of The End. Society is on an unavoidable path to destruction. It is harder and harder to find any peace in the world. Crisis has not brought humanity together, but made us even more isolated and estranged from one another. A world for the selfish, the nihilists; against such horrors what can one man do? Is such a society even worth protecting?
    Also Max doesn't suffer from having dorky helicopter guy or dog boy. [​IMG]
     
  17. Seth Paxton

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    Yes, but Brook it may be the BEST pure action film ever made. I am still in awe of the amazing choreography between camera and stunt work. Cinematically it is beautifully shot, right in that Kurasawa adventure style. But the stunts are mind-numbingly impressive. Enough to make you really lament the CGI era when such gags just aren't filmed nearly as much as they used to be.

    The only other film with anywhere near the amount of great stunts (to me) is Ben-Hur's chariot scene.

    I agree that Max attempts to deal in a more sci-fi story, but that also holds it back a bit from reaching to greatness in one aspect that RW achieves.
     
  18. Chauncey_G

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    I enjoyed BEYOND THUNDERDOME except for one thing: it's too slick. It's obviously got high production values, i.e. great sets, costumes, music, cast, etc.

    And that's what I DON'T like about it. The first two were made on smaller budgets, and I thought that look actually complemented the look of the Mad Max "world". In THUNDERDOME, his world started to look too good, and it started to LOOK like a movie.

    That, and it only had one decent car battle in it, and that was way at the end...

    IMO.
     

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