Movie Review – Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga


Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga thrills with its sleek, ultraviolent road battles. Why then is it not faring better at the box office?

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review: 5 thumbs-up and 2 thumbs-down
Snappy Movie Review | Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Synopsis

The prequel to 2015’s Fury Road, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga narrates the story of Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy), the Imperator in the 2015 movie who sought to liberate the wives of Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme). Originally a child of the Green Place of Many Mothers, the blissful life of a young Furiosa is torn apart when she encounters the megalomaniacal warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). Dementus’ power struggles with Joe then cement Furiosa’s destiny as a wasteland warrior.

Snappy Review

I watched Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga on Monday and by then, quite a number of detailed reviews had already been published online. For this snappy review, I shall thus gloss over my usual what I like or didn’t like, and comment on something else.

Right off the bat, I enjoyed this wasteland slaughter-fest but felt the final leg was too surreal and dawdling. Other than the truly brutal road wars, I loved the bold palette and felt the latter added an unmistakable pulp fiction touch to the show.

Chris Hemsworth was superb, IMO. Some reviews condemned him as wooden but I thought he played to his strengths. No groundbreaking moments or surprises but an equal mix of laughs and atrocities whenever he appears.

Anya Taylor-Joy, well, she does a fine job looking furious for two hours. Can’t say I was impressed but it did add a certain intensity to the road fights, which by the way, seem to go on forever but magnificently, never tire.

Summary: I enjoyed the show. I strongly recommend that you watch the prequel if you’re into such action movies. That’s that. Moving on …

You must have read about it by now if you’ve been keeping watch. Some entertainment sites have labelled Furiosa a major summer box office flop because it had a disappointing opening weekend. Many of these sites did not hesitate to highlight, too, that it’s a record-breaking financial disappointment, while others go into overdrive trying to explain why this prequel fared so poorly.

I read some of those explanations and I think most are terrifically lame; so many were dancing around simplistic declarations like: it failed because other movies like The Fall Guy had it bad this summer too. That being said, one argument stood out and this was the observation that most movie prequels simply did not do well in recent years.

Now, I need to qualify that statement before I continue. “Not doing well” in this context doesn’t mean a box office flop in the traditional sense of the phrase; it means these prequels didn’t earn as many hundreds of millions as producers hoped. In the case of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, I wouldn’t be surprised that the movie ultimately makes a modest tens of millions of profit, if not hundreds.


But not making billions is probably disappointing to any big-time movie producer nowadays, so perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the worth of prequels. For me, frankly, the energy and appeal of Furiosa rapidly dwindled the moment we reached the bridging events leading to Fury Road.This was the same for other prequel “flops” in recent years like Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

Someone who has yet to watch these prequels would, of course, not experience this; and thus that’s unlikely the reason for not watching. But among this group, a lot possibly opted not to watch because, you guessed it, they felt they already knew the ending. I’m familiar with this because this is the exact reason why the Alien movie prequels never appealed to me, despite my adoration of xenomorphs.

So yeah, maybe we should just put a cap on this movie prequel business for the moment. Coming back to Furiosa, I think it’s just tragic if this is the key reason the movie is performing poorly.

If a standalone, I bet it will be considered one of the best action thrillers this year. It was for me.

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