Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
Then we come to Beyond Thunderdome which is a disappointment after the awesomeness of the previous film. It tried too hard to be a rehash of The Road Warrior as well a more easily acceptable, Hollywood version of it that it just fell flat. While watching this one I couldn't help but come up with a different version of Thunderdome which I think would have been so much better.Thunderdome or Beyond Thunderdome without a Mad Max preface. If The Road Warrior could stand without the Mad Max preface, Thunderdome can as well. The Thunderdome also should have been the focus of the movie. The Thunderdome is the most interesting part of this film and should have been the emphasis instead of simply the one fight we get between Max and Blaster. Make this one stand out on its own and be the story of Max trying to earn his right to fight Blaster to accommodate the deal he made with Auntie Entity. The Thunderdome should be a form of entertainment for the people of Bartertown instead of just simply a way to settle disputes. Cut out all of the unnecessary junk with the children and Capt. Walker and instead fill up that time with Max battling his way through opponents in the Thunderdome and maybe a sweet montage of Blaster destroying all comers. The fight with Blaster could have been exactly the same, but instead we would have had 2 or 3 fights leading up to the showdown. If for some reason you found it necessary to include the children make them part of underworld and have Max fight to free them. The beginning of the movie and the end of the film could have remained the same, but our middle section would have been filled up with fight action instead of Lord of the Flies kid societies and quicksand. I would also have cut out the very 80's music and the cheesy comedy. I truly believe that these changes would take this movie from a not good 7 to at least a good 8 if not higher.
Yes I still love the trilogy - and that includes Beyond Thunderdome! I am not a big fan of action films, most of them I could care-a-less about (meaning I can do without them) but there is something about Mad Max's story that simply enjoy. What happened to Max in the first film was tragic but he lives on and his story continued into the Tunderdome and Beyond.Tina Turner is a great villain, Mel Gibson is great as usual. The story is good so don't understand why some are not happy with this 3rd film and conclusion. Maybe it's just the fact I grew up with the trilogy and I have great nostalgic memories or maybe the film really is good.8/10
Before i watched this film i knew that this film was the low point of the series.I finally got around to watching it, and despite the fact i was disappointed by the films lack of series trademarks of car chases and a strong silent hero, i found it entertaining to watch.Mel Gibson returns as Max in a mediocre but still entertaining performance, he's joined by in a weird piece of casting Tina Turner and despite having second billing she's not present for most of the film, although her performance is terrific and entertaining to watch.A series tradition of having an actor of a previous Mad Max film aside from the actor Playing Max is upheld with a performance by Bruce Spence, who is criminally under used and relegated to a few short appearances.George Miller Directing is bad but forgivable due to the Death of Series co creator Byron Kennedy, so whilst he handles the action scenes, George Ogilvie handles all non action scenes which most are boring,the action scenes are the highlight of the film and are entertaining to watch as they're few and far between, and of course the best part of the film.
This will be silly and disjointed for those who found the second mean and rampaging. Spielberg had intervened, there's a kid friendly dash of Indiana Jones, some Lone Ranger. But from Mad Max I come away with two things, the edges of world we discover and the chase. I don't take to the Bartertown portion of the film, it may be closer to Road Warrior in spirit but all I see here is rushed spectacle for a boorish audience, contraptions. We do see a bit more of the Max world in this place but not in any way I care for. It feels like this part was bolted on when they decided to turn a separate script into a Max movie.No, I'm oddly captivated by the Lord of the Flies portion. I see glimmers of magic in the way the narrative of something that crashed from the skies one day has been preserved in the minds of kids, the way it's revealed through a screen that frames remnants of half- remembered story, the chorus of awestruck kids for whom all of this has profound meaning.It does open up a window to a whole swathe of Max world but this time with deep feeling, as myth the kids have vowed to keep in memory and bide their time for. Sure, we are in Goonies territory and again in the end with the city, but there's hushed yearning here, an almost Biblical kind.The rest is in the chase, a train this time, briefer than usual and over before it really exhilarates, as if more by obligation than keenness for it. They would eventually build a whole other film around it, extending it to an entire circus around the rig, but that would have to wait for 30 years.