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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« on: January 22, 2013, 05:17:22 pm »
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome




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I've heard the criticism regarding Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome as far back as 1985 and in a way I agree that this is basically two different films mashed into one and they don't mesh well. The first half of the movie, when it's all about Bartertown, is straight up original. It was dangerous, exciting, new....epic. There is so much going on here that it requires repeat viewings with the amount of characters populating this fringe town on the outer edge of the Wasteland. Once Max (Mel Gibson) is banished from Bartertown, he somehow ends up in the land of kids. Lord Of The Flies meets Peter Pan.

The whole middle section of the movie is where the tone shifts and does a complete 180, effectively making this a different movie all together. Years later, I'm still unsure of what and why with these little peeps and why they "needed" Master (the little guy) to come with them at the end. The only saving grace is that the plot ends up back in Bartertown to at least give us a 3rd Act that is very reminiscent of The Road Warrior when the chase begins.

I've often wondered why George Miller decided to have a bunch of kids in the 3rd Installment and I really do think it has to do with the Feral Kid in The Road Warrior. He probably was shocked at how popular the character was and rationalized that if one kid was great, then 50 were be better. I still like Thunderdome, I just wish that Miller had at least tied the kids tribe to something in Bartertown. Like the kids were banished or they still had parents there instead of just being survivors of a plane crash. It's just two completely different stories that have nothing to do with the other. Also, how is it that it's only kids that survive the crash? Not one adult stayed to take care of the kids or act as a protector to them while the rest went off looking for help?

Anyway, this is definitely worth a Rent. It's not as bad as people make it out to be, but then again, the whole 'Peter Pan' angle does weaken it a bit.
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Re: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 05:17:50 pm »
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Re: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 08:25:19 pm »
I found Thunderdome a huge departure from the first two. I was pretty much slack jawed, going WTF.



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Re: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 08:32:18 pm »
Well, you're right. There was nothing that actually tied this one to the last one for sure. It's not until the chase does it feel familiar. Also, I've never heard of a definitive answer to the question of just how much time had passed from the end of Road Warrior to the beginning of Thunderdome. The only thing that gives me (and anyone else that watches it somewhat of an answer) is at the very beginning when you see that Jedediah the Pilot has a son who looks to be 10-11 years old. But someone clear this up....why is it in Warrior his name is Gyro, but in this one it's Jedediah? I was always under the impression that it was the same character because near the end of the movie, when Max sees him for the first time, he is talking to him like he knows him from Warrior.
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Re: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 03:42:33 am »
Thunder dome has a polished feel. It's got a major icon of Tina Turner that completely shifts attention. The set pieces.

Dunno, it just felt unrelated and became this Hollywood product.
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Re: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 06:01:16 am »
Tina Turner - One Of The Living

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc3IEdllaxc

Tina Turner - We Don't Need A Hero

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57lnRz3lwpE

Beyond Thunderdome may not be a perfect movie, but it did give me (us) two awesome songs that I STILL play on a regular basis all these years later. Shocking as it may be, but these two songs are actually my favorites from Mrs. Turner. Yes, I play a lot of her other songs too, but not as much as I do with these particular songs.
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