So, last week I saw this:
Yes, that would be Mad Max! And oh look, it has two of the most beautiful people in the world, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, being badasses! Hell to the yes, please.
There's been a lot of talk about whether or not it's got a feminist message,or whether really it's not feminist at all and the women are just as sexualized as ever. I found it to be more empowering than not with regards to the main female characters, but that's not why I went to see this movie. I didn't go see it for the actors, as amazing as they are. I didn't go see it because I adore the franchise either. I went to see it because I was in the mood for action, without being pilloried on the tropes of So Much Action I Don't Even Care Anymore or Let Me Dialogue You To Death (both Avengers, methinks). I went to see this movie because I wanted to see amazing stunts, scenery, and explosions with a soupcon of plot to get me through.
I got a fucking amazing deal, with those points in mind. The stunts are phenomenal, the scenery and filming breathtaking, the story decent and the acting spot-on. I'm so sick of seeing massive cities destroyed in action movies, or everyone delving so deeply into their personal angst that it overwhelms their character. This movie is pure adrenaline, with very little speech--the script must be kind of hilarious to read. It's exactly what I wanted, and goddamn, did I ever want it. Favorite movie since Kingsmen, definitely.