Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Hardy & Mad Max ....

"My name is Max. My world is fire and blood. Once, I was a cop. A road warrior searching for a righteous cause. As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who was more crazy... me... or everyone else." - So begins MAD MAX; FURY ROAD as Max narrates ..... Then, what follows is a bonkers non-stop action movie to end all action movies - no wonder it is nominated for 10 Oscars - it will be interesting to see how many it takes home.

We enjoyed the previous MAX MAD movies, particularly that first one, and George Miller returns to the helm here. Tom Hardy is now Max, mainly silent at first while Charlize Theron has probably her best role as Furiosa, and Nicholas Hoult is unrecognisable as Nux, 
The stunts and action sequences are spectacular - its a non-top ROAD RUNNER cartoon, a bananas car chase , as Max and Furiosa have to work together to fight their evil foes. There's over 1,450 very diverse reviews on it over at IMDB so its really hit a nerve. One wonders though how they have enough gasoline for all that driving, and do they manage without eating anything? There isn't really any character development or plot as such apart from the extended car chase - but hey, thats enough for a lot of people. 

The Hardy boy seems everywhere at the moment - after ten years or so. It was fun the other day seeing him as Handsome Bob in a re-run of Guy Ritchie's ROCKNROLLA from 2008 in that amusing scene with Gerard Butler, and there he was in MARIE ANTOINETTE too, when I saw it again the other day. INCEPTION, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES were also megahits. His clothes seem to fall off him almost as often as Russell Tovey's or Matthias Schoenaerts or Fassbender ..... there is that scene on Hampstead Heath in SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE in 2006 (see review at Hardy label), and the internet has that scene in a Finnish sauna: DRIVEN TO EXTREMES: COLDEST ROAD - where he is beaten with twigs in a sauna - its on YouTube and there are some gifs.  He will be sans underwear again in a new project TABOO currently filming. ...

This year, MAX MAX is a super-hit, he also scores in THE REVENANT and may get a Supporting Actor Award, I will be seeing LEGEND next week (my pal Jerry is passing it on to me this weekend) where he plays both Kray Brothers, which should be a tour-de-force, the recent THE DROP was interesting too .... looks like another busy year for him then. 

1 comment:

  1. Right now he may be my favorite actor. Are you a PEAKY BLINDERS fan? He's in that, too!