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I think the best is...

Mad Max 4 9.76%
 
Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior 11 26.83%
 
Beyond Thunderdome 3 7.32%
 
Fury Road 23 56.10%
 
Total:41

I always thought the original trilogy was fine, but Fury Road to me was epic. That gets my vote.



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If I had to rank them I guess I'd go:

1) Fury Road. An monstrous masterclass in adrenaline-soaked action, bursting at the seam with nitroglycerine bite and the raw, terrifying beauty of a tornado in an ammunition depot. One of my top 10 films of the 2010s.

2) Mad Max 2. A little light on characterization but terrific action and style.

3) Beyond Thunderdome. The story and setting are more developed here than in any of the others, and while it doesn't quite match the intensity of 2 or Fury Road it's still a fun romp.

4) Mad Max. It's low budget shows and the pacing could be tighter, but its still an admirably ambitious and scrappy little B movie; the fact it was filmed around where I live kinda makes it feel more relatable to me too.



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Fury Road>Mad Mad X 2>Mad Max>>>>Beyond Thunderdome

Beyond Thunderdome sucks, it's the sole bad one. There's one other outlier on this list, too, they almost-universally go hand-in-hand.

Last edited by KManX89 - on 29 November 2020

I have to say, I'm honestly very disappointed that so many people would vote for Fury Road. Even though I had a feeling that was going to be the case, because it's the most recent, and the one most (younger) people have likely seen.

I can't speak for Fury Road as a movie on its own merits, but as a "Mad Max" film....it isn't. They should have just made it a spinoff, without any character that was supposed to be "Max". Mel Gibson was Max. The new guy wasn't. And the movie was about Furiosa anyway, "Max" was just there as window dressing.

So ignoring Fury Road, I think Road Warrior is obviously the best one. Mad Max 1 is important, because it shows us Max's early life as a cop, and it shows society still in the early stages of breaking down after whatever war/cataclysm occurred. The sequels are obviously years after that. In fact MM3 is supposed to be showing us "Old Max", basically, which is why he kinda disappears off into the sunset at the end.

But yeah as far as I'm concerned, Fury Road is a spinoff, and nothing more. The original trilogy is great, and I really don't know why people think Thunderdome is "bad". It isn't. It's a fun movie, and it's important, because it shows Max reconnecting to his humanity again. He's an antihero in MM2, but he's still distant/separate from humanity after the death of his family, for the most part.



DevilRising said:

The original trilogy is great, and I really don't know why people think Thunderdome is "bad". It isn't. It's a fun movie, and it's important, because it shows Max reconnecting to his humanity again. He's an antihero in MM2, but he's still distant/separate from humanity after the death of his family, for the most part.

Thats just the 80s in general man. It became popular to hate on sequels. Rambo III, Rocky III/IV, Beverly Hills Cop II, Thunderdome are all better than the reviews would have had you believe. 



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DevilRising said:

I have to say, I'm honestly very disappointed that so many people would vote for Fury Road. Even though I had a feeling that was going to be the case, because it's the most recent, and the one most (younger) people have likely seen.

I can't speak for Fury Road as a movie on its own merits, but as a "Mad Max" film....it isn't. They should have just made it a spinoff, without any character that was supposed to be "Max". Mel Gibson was Max. The new guy wasn't. And the movie was about Furiosa anyway, "Max" was just there as window dressing.

So ignoring Fury Road, I think Road Warrior is obviously the best one. Mad Max 1 is important, because it shows us Max's early life as a cop, and it shows society still in the early stages of breaking down after whatever war/cataclysm occurred. The sequels are obviously years after that. In fact MM3 is supposed to be showing us "Old Max", basically, which is why he kinda disappears off into the sunset at the end.

But yeah as far as I'm concerned, Fury Road is a spinoff, and nothing more. The original trilogy is great, and I really don't know why people think Thunderdome is "bad". It isn't. It's a fun movie, and it's important, because it shows Max reconnecting to his humanity again. He's an antihero in MM2, but he's still distant/separate from humanity after the death of his family, for the most part.

Well it is now 12:40am here. Thank you for saving me the time and writing how I feel. 

The first movie is so under rated because people except it to be like Mad Max 2 (after seeing Mad Max 2 lol), however like you said it sets the scene for a world that is beginning to fall apart.



 

 

DevilRising said: The original trilogy is great, and I really don't know why people think Thunderdome is "bad". It isn't. It's a fun movie, and it's important, because it shows Max reconnecting to his humanity again. He's an antihero in MM2, but he's still distant/separate from humanity after the death of his family, for the most part.

Because it's dumb, cheesy, boring, tonally-inconsistent (it's like they tried to mesh two different movies together and it doesn't work at all) and filled with plot holes (killing Blaster WAS part of the deal, Down Syndrome or no). There's only one chase in the whole movie that we don't get until the end and even when it finally comes, there's no stakes. It's not just what they didn't show, literally everything was dumbed down to appeal to kids, and it completely drags the film down. When you have kids cutting down a pole with a hanging Guard in a Mad Max movie, you know something's wrong. Even the exploding car shot during the chase scene was cheesily dumbed down for kids.

And of course, it was dragged down even further by the ridiculously stupid ending, which was, in and of itself a gaping plot hole. Why the fuck didn't they kill Max after chasing him through the desert and losing many Guards in the process? 

It's not just a bad Mad Max movie, but bad movie, period.

Last edited by KManX89 - on 29 November 2020

DevilRising said:

I have to say, I'm honestly very disappointed that so many people would vote for Fury Road. Even though I had a feeling that was going to be the case, because it's the most recent, and the one most (younger) people have likely seen.

I can't speak for Fury Road as a movie on its own merits, but as a "Mad Max" film....it isn't. They should have just made it a spinoff, without any character that was supposed to be "Max". Mel Gibson was Max. The new guy wasn't. And the movie was about Furiosa anyway, "Max" was just there as window dressing.

So ignoring Fury Road, I think Road Warrior is obviously the best one. Mad Max 1 is important, because it shows us Max's early life as a cop, and it shows society still in the early stages of breaking down after whatever war/cataclysm occurred. The sequels are obviously years after that. In fact MM3 is supposed to be showing us "Old Max", basically, which is why he kinda disappears off into the sunset at the end.

But yeah as far as I'm concerned, Fury Road is a spinoff, and nothing more. The original trilogy is great, and I really don't know why people think Thunderdome is "bad". It isn't. It's a fun movie, and it's important, because it shows Max reconnecting to his humanity again. He's an antihero in MM2, but he's still distant/separate from humanity after the death of his family, for the most part.

As someone who voted Fury Road, it certainly wasn't because it's the only one I've seen, in fact I grew up with the original trilogy and like them a lot.

I didn't find Max to be window dressing at all in Fury Road, as well as being an active participant in virtually every key sequence, his intervention not only saved Furiosa but led the group to retake the settlement and defeat the villain, instead of fleeing across a salt lake and likely all dying in the middle of nowhere and letting evil ultimately triumph.



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The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) is by far the best.  It's one of the best action movies I've ever seen.  The post apocalyptic world is fully realized.  They did all of these amazing stunts that people don't even try anymore.  There are so many weird and cool characters here.  I just love every aspect of it.  All of the others pale in comparison to the Road Warrior.

However, if I rank the others it would look something like this.

2) Mad Max - The storytelling is great here as is the characterization of Max.  It just didn't have the budget that Mad Max 2 did.  It's psychologically a great movie to watch, but doesn't visually communicate the dystopian world as well because of lack of budget.

3) Beyond Thunderdome - This movie is interesting, but the storytelling here is somewhat disjointed.  When he gets to the "Lost Boys" it kind of feels like I'm now watching a whole new movie unrelated to the first part.  Also the world changed too much in too little span of time.  It's starting to feel kind of like a fantasy world instead of a post apocalyptic version of our world.

4) Fury Road - This movie sucks.  It looks cool, but it's actually pointless.  Also, it feels like a full blown fantasy world now.  They might as well have thrown elves and hobbits into this.  It doesn't feel like a post apocalyptic world at all now.  It feels like Tolkien in the desert.  This movie is a high budget, steaming pile of trash with good action sequences.



The_Liquid_Laser said:

4) Fury Road - This movie sucks.  It looks cool, but it's actually pointless.  Also, it feels like a full blown fantasy world now.  They might as well have thrown elves and hobbits into this.  It doesn't feel like a post apocalyptic world at all now.  It feels like Tolkien in the desert.  This movie is a high budget, steaming pile of trash with good action sequences.

Wow.