My brother, Dylan, has a lot to say about movies. Here are his thoughts as they come naturally out of his mouth. They will be short, to the point and the world will have the opportunity to get to read the hilarious and ridiculous commentary that can only come from The Dylan Scott.
This week, Dylan will be elegantly reviewing the summer apocalyptic reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road.
What was your overall opinion on Mad Max?
Well my first thought when I watched the movie was…well, I definitely liked it. The visual effects were good. But I was really confused. I don’t know if that’s because I didn’t see the original or what. I’m pretty sure it’s a sequel to the first one. That’s just my guess. I know Mel Gibson drove the post-apocalyptic Firebird or Camaro or whatever. In this one, Tom Hardy drove the same thing. It played a little part in the beginning. He turns around and he’s like, “Hey that’s my car” because one of the guys is chasing him in his car.
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The movie was very…intense…with very little dialogue, which was impressive. To be able to keep up the suspense for such a long period of time without one word being spoken and then it’s quiet…and you’re like holy shit! That was half the movie! And you like just breathed for the first time.
Thoughts on Tom Hardy?
Tom hardy is a fucking thug. He mastered it perfectly. He’s one of my favorite actors so I don’t know if I’m biased…but he is a phenomenal actor. Charlize Theron was pretty good too – not my favorite of her roles but good. I’ve seen her all the way back from Mighty Joe Young. That was the first movie I cried at. I think the only one. I didn’t cry at My Dog Skip but I cried at Mighty Joe Young.
Do you hold a special place in your heart for Charlize Theron then?
No, no…not necessarily. I didn’t even recognize her until mom was like ‘what did you think of Charlize THERON’ and I was like oh…that was her? Then the second time I paid more attention to her role because I realized it was her.
On the more serious themes of the movie…
The whole half life/half blood thing was very confusing but what was cool about it was they gave you just enough information to understand what was going on to fill in some grey areas and some blank spots. I did not understand any of this the first time I watched it though. I liked that whole post apocalyptic, desert, Borderland – it’s a video game, look it up; it’s super popular. But it’s literally like the video game of Mad Max.
Speaking of video games, did you see the Mario Kart mash-up with Mad Max?
NO…and I’m so pissed I didn’t see that because I’m waiting for them to spoof the shit out of it on South Park because there’s no doubt that’s not gonna happen.
More on Tom Hardy…
If I had to say…was Tom Hardy better as Bane or Mad Max? You know, Bane – I just think they’re incomparable. But those roles – those types of roles with Tom Hardy just make the movie. Tom Hardy’s career is gonna blow up. He’s gonna be cast as some sick roles. From The Drop to Warrior to I don’t know, what else has he done? Just fucking phenomenal actor. He’s British too. Who would’ve thought? Pretty good American accent and his voice sounds so cool. After The Dark Knight, I always hear a little bit of Bane in his voice. He can’t stop it…or that’s just how it sounds now. I don’t know.
He only said a couple of lines in the movie – but one of the lines…I could’ve sworn if you weren’t looking you would’ve thought it was Bane talking. There were some corny-ass lines but some of them did make me laugh, I won’t lie. That chick in the back was like “Hey, don’t damage the goods” and it’s like you don’t even live in a generation when you know what that line means. What are you talking about? At the end they’re like, “We can go back to find water!” and one of the girls was like “Aw, I thought he wasn’t crazy anymore”.
Any other standout cast members?
His name – I always forget – from Warm Bodies and About A Boy – that guy – he was also casted really well. I recognized him right away. You get into that age where he’s starting to cast better or get better roles or something cause he was good in it too. You always know that someone’s a good actor if you don’t realize it’s them at first.
Did you have a favorite special effect?
Oh yeah. FOR SURE. The guitar. The guy playing the guitar on the bungee chords or whatever the hell they’re doing. By far the coolest effect in the movie with the flame thrower guitar and all the crazy amped up speakers and there’s just straight up war going on and that guy doesn’t even care. And in 3D it looked FUCKING SICK.
Were you surprised by anything?
That’s a good question. I can’t say that I was or wasn’t surprised because I really didn’t know what to expect throughout the whole movie. So I don’t know if you want to say I was always surprised. I pretty much just watched it.
What would you change if you could change anything?
I thought the movie was extremely well done and that’s hard to do especially for long movies like that. I would’ve liked to see a few things – but I think that would’ve put the movie over the edge. It would’ve been cool if Tom Hardy was in his souped up car with the crazy blower, and go into a little more of his past. But I think you were supposed to know that already with the previous Mad Max. They said he was a cop…and then this fucking lizard right off the bat…talk about breaking you into the movie.
Do you think the film got any special message across about society?
I mean it was a sci-fi movie, Jordan. I don’t think you can take so many lessons from a movie when the world is already ended and it’s completely corrupt. But I don’t know. Maybe you can. I didn’t necessarily think it was that deep of a movie. It was pretty much just taking over an evil tyrant and liberating all these poor starving people who don’t have water.
And you see no correlation to our current situation in the real world?
Go send Mad Max and Charlize Theron out there and they’ll solve the problem. Yeah that’s right — if you want to solve war and world hunger, you have to have a massive car blowout chase and send Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron out there.
There is one thing I will critique. They didn’t develop the fact that Tom Hardy started to care about Charlize Theron. He just kinda didn’t care. And then all of a sudden, was like fuck it. Let’s go back. Maybe he likes Charlize Theron? Maybe they had a little bond? The more that Tom Hardy talked, I think the more it would hurt the movie because Mad Max is supposed to be a mysterious, quiet character who’s crazy. So I actually take that back. The opening scene was just so sick and the villain looked really cool. That definitely took some imagination.
You were impressed with their imagination? Do you want to make some phone calls?
Do you want to call the screenwriters?
Oh. I’m sorry Jordan, I don’t really understand what you’re asking.
You said you were impressed by the imagination of this film. Do you think you’d like to call and give props to the people who wrote the script?
Give me their numbers. I’ll let them know. I’m sure they’ll be so happy to hear from the elegant Dylan.
Any final comments?
Oh yeah. I really liked when he wouldn’t stop for anything and then she was finally like “You want that thing off your face?” and he turns and looks at her like “Yeah, get in, just you” and that was like the third line of the movie. So logical, like “just you” (laughing). I think it was his first full sentence and it was jut to tell Charlize Theron to get in the truck or whatever. His first line was “Watch my head” or something like that. His second line was “Water” and his third line was “You can get in”. Tom Hardy is badass. Who knows, maybe he’s not even acting, maybe he’s just a badass. I hope he gets casted as a Bond or something in the future. So much rather that than fuckin’ Ben Affleck or someone. Daniel Craig is good though. Uh Tom Hardy can’t be Batman because he plays Bane! Tom Hardy doesn’t necessarily fit the Bond role but he has the talent, the looks, the voice to be something special. I’m a big fan and that happened pretty quickly I feel like.
Anybody into cars would just automatically love this movie. The cars are more like machines. ‘You can’t trust machines’. That was a Terminator reference.