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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mad Max Fury Road (2015) In B&W

Devastated by a nuclear war, the world is now a vast wasteland. A group of survivors are ruled by a disfigured tyrant (Hugh Keays Byrne). When a truck driver (Charlize Theron) aids a group of fashion models to escape the clutches of the evil tyrant who plans to breed them, he goes after her with everything he's got. I've already reviewed MAD MAX FURY ROAD when it opened in 2015. But I just watched director George Miller's B&W cut of the film which he prefers to the color version. As to the film itself, my opinion hasn't changed. It still retains the virtues which made it so compelling as well its flaws which are minor overall. As to the B&W, I found that it made the viewing experience even richer. It seems more stripped down and bleak as well as giving the film an even more mythological feel. Sure, there is some loss in detail with the color gone but only some and what the B&W imagery gives us compensates for the little loss. The starkness and clarity of John Seale's cinematography in B&W adds a bit of elegance which the color version lacked. It's not a matter of which is better but simply of which one prefers.

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