Francois Jolicoeur’s Weekend Movie: Mad Max or Tommorowland?

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2015 is a good year to be a movie goer.  From big budget blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” to indie sleeper hits like “The Revenant” and “Dope”, it seems like Hollywood has no shortage of exciting plans for the year. This past weekend both MAD MAX and Tommorowland, two of the season’s most anticipated releases hit theatres. I checked them both out to let you know which one of the two you can skip and which one is the real MUST see.

MAD MAX: Fury Road:

I came into this movie without knowing much about the plot or the premise, I quickly found out I really didn’t need to know much at all.

In “Fury Road” Australian director George Miller finishes what he started in the first three installments of the series that starred Mel Gibson in the lead role. There are a couple of differences between the original trilogy and this 2015 revamp. Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises) replaces Gibson as Max; Miller uses all modern technologies and conveniences to his advantage; and most notably: that Charlize Theron’s character is the real protagonist despite the movie’s title. Don’t get me wrong, Tom Hardy’s performance is excellent, but Charlize Theron plays the kind of action female lead we haven’t really seen since movies like “Aliens” and “Terminator 2”. This was a nice change of pace from the endless parade of male dominant action movies we’re so used to seeing.

Something funny happens when you leave the theatre from watching “Fury Road” because as you try to remember what the exact story of the movie is you realize that there wasn’t much of a story at all. No, nothing REALLY happened in terms of actual story but you’re still smiling because you loved every second of the action.

Tommowland:

I was excited to see this movie because it was directed by Brad Bird, who directed “The Incredibles” “Ratatouille” and “Mission Impossible”.

It followed two outstandingly intelligent individuals that got selected to be a part of a secret organisation comprised of the greatest minds on the planet. Once they arrive there, they discover that humanity’s actions have put an irreversible timer on planet Earth. They are then forced to put their minds together and try to beat the odds that are stacked against them and save the world.

It seemed like a good idea on paper. It had all the elements that should’ve produced a great movie: a great director, a cool idea that is relevant to the times and great casting. Unfortunately, the story still ended up falling flat. In my personal opinion I think this story had problems in terms of keeping the stakes high throughout, which in turn failed to keep the viewers engaged. First we were introduced to the amazing world where this story takes place, then to the problem that the protagonists must overcome and then all of a sudden, the problem is resolved. The third act of the movie especially is somehow simultaneously too sudden and far too long.

THE FINAL VERDICT: Because of its fast pace, high in action chase scenes, exciting visuals and seamless storytelling, I highly recommend “MAD MAX: Fury Road” over “Tommorowland” this upcoming weekend.