I was in Hall H at this years Comic Con where we got an extended version of the batshit crazy trailer that was released on the internets this weekend. I have been lucky enough to be in Hall H for a lot of big reveals and panels over my past 8 cons, from the Avengers to Avatar, but I don’t remember anything that made my jaw drop this far. Maybe it was because I wasn’t expecting it, I’ve always loved Mad Max, but old directors returning to their fabled franchises has produced a lot of disappointment in the past. I knew I’d see Fury Road when it came out, and would probably kinda like, and then immediately forget about it. But there is something special going on here, and it starts with Happy Feet. My main go to joke about Mad Max is to constantly chime in on conversations at parties to remind people that the same guy who gave us the Toe Cutter gave us Happy Feet. I always thought it was funny, just another director taking a sentimental cash grab in the name of his kids.
But it looks like George learned a thing or two from the experience. There is an intoxicating freedom that comes with placing a camera in a computer generated world. For many the power is too strong, they become drunk on the ability to grab any shot, of any action, at any time and use the it to excess. It seems that for Miller, Happy Feet was more akin to a vision quest into the artic, he drank the potion, saw the visions and has now returned back to reality. If these stills are any indication Mad Max Fury Road will be a unique product, a master image maker has returned from the digital realm and is about to show us what the future of cinema will look like. Much like Theron’s Furiousa, George Miller is a warrior. As warrior of old school cinema, his bones ache from the work it takes to get the shot right, and now he has grafted some new tech onto onto his body, and he is here to kick all of our asses.