How. How? How?! How in the dusty hell has it been five years since Mad Max: Fury Road came out? Five years. It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Half a decade. It just doesn’t seem right. Surely it was much, much longer ago than that. Or, paradoxically, surely it was far more recent than that. Mad Max: Fury Road is either a siren’s wail that echoes out to us from a distant past already fast receding into myth, or it is an incendiary torrent that tore through our collective psyche yesterday. That’s how it feels. Sometimes as if it’s the former, sometimes as if the latter. Anything but five years. Half a decade. That just doesn’t seem right.
Fury Road was often rapturously described as an ‘impossible’ film upon its release. Released in an age of bloodless studio-mandated CGI weightlessness full of extended cinematic universes devoid of consequence, here was an aberrant miracle of a movie, screeching out of the Namibian desert with some of the most insane stunts ever put to film, cinematography that married the clever and functional to the artistic, writing that could be taught for decades as an example of economical, belivable character development, and a proud feminist perspective that was woven organically into its storytelling and its characters instead of being shoehorned in at the last minute into a single scene in order to cynically erect a simulacra of progress that would entice the fourth quarter projection graph to snake ever higher.
Five years. Five years since this snarling beast of a movie that fully deserves to stand with the all-time greats of the medium from Kurosawa and Scorsese and Denis and Fellini and Varda and Lee and Coppola and all the rest of them. Five years. Isn’t that just some sh*t? Twitter has been commemorating this mind-boggling anniversary over the past couple of days.
I'm feeling VERY tempted to watch and live-tweet MAD MAX: FURY ROAD sometime this weekend for its fifth anniversary.— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) May 14, 2020
Not like I really need an excuse to watch it again, but still. pic.twitter.com/Afc71n4Eag
In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) The flame-shooting guitarist is Australian musician Sean Hape, better known as IOTA. He said the guitar weighed 132 pounds and shot real gas-powered flames, which he controlled using the whammy bar 🎸pic.twitter.com/vqwBjtXXmw— Film Facts 🎬 (@factsonfiIm) May 13, 2020
The 5 Year Anniversary of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. pic.twitter.com/RBAUiYpHmB— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 14, 2020
The Art of 'MAD MAX: FURY ROAD' pic.twitter.com/546ohRnflF— CINEPATICO (@cinepaticoblog) May 15, 2020
really hope i’m wrong, but it does seem that if mad max: fury road didn’t convince the academy to start doing a best stunt category, nothing will— nick usen (@nickusen) May 13, 2020
Fury Road was such an anomaly of genuine vision and practical execution that it’s scrambling everyone’s brain to think that it’s only five years old and thus came out in the current studio model.— Jake Cole (@ATLsOwnJC) May 14, 2020
most folks (hopefully) don't remember this, but there was a long period of time when I pretty much constantly & exclusively tweeted about Fury Road https://t.co/niqRe26Bdg— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) May 15, 2020
FURY ROAD came out five years ago today. It's the last time the world was great. You spent a whole summer running into people and saying "hey how great was that" and they would say "yeah holy shit." You drove around playing "Brothers in Arms" really loud and everything ruled. pic.twitter.com/pdvC9ugn0x— BenDavid Grabinski (@bdgrabinski) May 14, 2020
I wrote a mammoth, no-holds-barred oral history of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 12, 2020
Tom! Charlize! All the Wives, War Boys, and even the Doof Warrior!
They’re all here, and candid as hell about the difficult making of an against-all-odds masterpiece: https://t.co/cvYSHDcosZ
tom hardy is literally a godsent gift and im so glad renner didnt get to have all the glory mad max fury road got pic.twitter.com/iGdLmajJkX— lala (@sureprix) May 12, 2020
George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' was released 5 years ago today pic.twitter.com/3n0WRfSXk8— Culture Crave 🎥 (@CultureCrave) May 15, 2020
𝙒𝙝𝙤 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙?— Stephanie✨ (@StardustSteph) May 10, 2020
- Mad Max: Fury Road. Dir. George Miller, 2015. pic.twitter.com/E2NZzYbr8J
Oh what a day, what a lovely day! https://t.co/qxo2v4ml1C— NME (@NME) May 15, 2020
Mad Max: Fury Road was released 5 years ago. We love that movie a lot, so here’s a pic of Millie right after she shaved her head, mimicking Charlize as Furiosa. pic.twitter.com/UXV5373Imc— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) May 15, 2020
5 years ago today I was watching Mad Max Fury Road in Cannes. Spontaneous applause when it finally paused for a breath about half an hour in. Will never forget it. One of the most exciting experiences I've ever had in a cinema.— Pete Turner: Commander of the Armies of the North (@ilovethatfilm) May 14, 2020
5 years ago, Mad Max: Fury Road was released. As you know by now, it was a grueling, intense shoot but my god was it all worth it. Went back into the vault to find some of my favorite moments behind the scenes #tbt pic.twitter.com/WVrdWktQzM— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
I became a mom right before we started shooting. At least my child will forever have the fun fact of “I spent most of the first year of my life in a war rig” (special appearance by my incredible costumer Inge Hough) pic.twitter.com/kHHjcoYxov— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
The man, the myth, the legend. Forever grateful to you, George. pic.twitter.com/JKS0fPUism— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
My girls 💜 (minus Rosie!) pic.twitter.com/zfgEgsM7pB— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing my war rig for the first time and realizing holy shit, George is not f*cking around. pic.twitter.com/LCD0SiIjRZ— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 14, 2020
‘As the world fell…each of us in our own way was broken,’ intones Tom Hardy’s Max over an opening montage of societal collapse and ecological implosion, his voice heavy, sagging with the burden of experience yet smouldering with some mad fire deep within. How hard does that line hit, looking back at it from May 2020?
‘To die historic on the Fury Road’, indeed. How lucky we are to have been there when this thing graced our cinema screens. We may never see its like again.
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