The Long 和 Furious Road: A Mad 最高 Overview

With franchise sequel Mad 最高: The Wasteland currently in the works, VHS Revival trawls the stunt-fuelled annals of a dystopian classic


每当我听到“疯狂的麦克斯”一词时,就会立即想到两个图像:汽车追逐和梅尔·吉布森。我还会在这里谈到其他令人难忘的特许经营元素,但这两个元素像扭曲的金属一样切入了我的记忆库。这告诉我两件事。首先,我们喜欢疯狂的麦克斯电影,因为它们的嘴巴简单。第二个是,麦克斯和梅尔·吉布森至少在某一代人是相同的。过去,我多次分享过对现代Studio重新启动的想法,甚至还开始了有关VHS Revival的VHS重新启动类别。很难看到电影院中一些珍贵的角色屈服于企业绞刑者,尤其是当电影制片厂愿意将任何陈旧的废话匆匆投入制作时。对于生产者而言,重新启动只是降低营销和广告成本的一种方式。他们有一张现成的饭票;无论有何强烈反对,都必须进行肯定的抛售。看到Rob Zombie的赞之后’s 万圣节 和2010’s 在猛鬼街 tarnish their respective franchises beyond recognition thanks to some dubious decisions, an overabundance of shoddy CGI 和 a clear lack of understanding of what made those characters so special, you can surely forgive me for fearing the worst when I heard that Mad 最高 was returning to the silver screen after almost three decades.

很快,吉布森将不再参加比赛。不是因为年龄-看看哈里森·福特(Harrison Ford)最近重振珍爱角色的记录-而是因为一系列引人注目的国内比赛和种族比赛,使这位明星被好莱坞主流排斥。曾经是蓝眼睛的男孩,他会用坚硬的性格角色(例如, 致命的武器’s semi-reluctant killing machine Martin Riggs, a gnarled Gibson had become unsalable. There was, however, a streak of light at the end of the tunnel, one that flashed with a George Miller shaped silhouette. 在stead of simply rebooting a breadwinner 和 handing it over to the first novice filmmaker or genre fanatic hungry enough to bite, 最高 would be taken under the protective wing of his long-estranged father – a man who singularly understood what made those 电影 tick. Gibson may have been the face most synonymous with the franchise, but the Mad 最高 series was just as much about Miller.

原本的 Mad 最高 movie is superlative bare bones filmmaking. With budgetary restrictions of $350,000 – $400,000 (that’s Australian dollars, folks), the odds were stacked against this sleeper hit from the very beginning. For one thing, it was unheard of that an Australian film would break the US mainstream back in 1979,更不用说明显的独立冒险了。当然,那是不同的时期,像乔治·A·罗梅罗和约翰·卡彭特这样的人以同样的方式建立了商业据点,但米勒的山坡似乎稍微陡峭了一些。电影制片人’的愿景是在一个简朴的环境中进行拍摄。它还带有一种颇具刺激性的主流吸引力,尤其是在过去的五十年代科幻小说之后,科幻中的反乌托邦主题变得越来越普遍的时候。米勒原本是出于明显的商业原因考虑担任美国演员的,但随着演员费用的上涨越来越奢侈,这一举动可能会耗尽他的全部预算,在吉布森,他找到了现成的电影明星,这对电影同样重要’电影的成功是他刚刚起步的职业。

反乌托邦的美丽之处在于,它通常描绘的是熟悉的环境,看起来似乎并没有超出合理范围,通常表现为一个处于瓦解状态的社会,它在贫瘠的土地和内乱中壮成长,并且可以利用比广阔而宽容的土地更好的风景澳大利亚内陆的干旱地区? Mad 最高 具有类似的适度,久经考验的公式,可以充分利用我们的基本本能。复仇是一种非常有力的情感,电影的狂野西部风景和暴力,后核社会证明了完美的背景。如果孤立会激发恐惧,那么“布什”是一个廉价而相关的背景。如果说是虚构的贫困,那么任何旧的破旧的衣橱都将符合审美要求,并且如果有澳大利亚人更有可能赢得美国公众的影响-至少在那时-梅尔膨胀了,他将获得随着续集的出现,“态度不好的漂亮面孔”公式到了一个赚钱的发球台。

一位曾经亲眼目睹汽车残骸造成的严重后果的医生(他还因交通事故失去了三个现实生活中的朋友),米勒会在夏季电影学校会见电影制片人和未来的制片人拜伦·肯尼迪,其中两个人凭借短片获得多个奖项 电影中的暴力,第1部分。八年后,他们将聘请初次编剧詹姆斯·麦考斯兰(James McCausland)参与一个利用澳大利亚石油危机(澳大利亚)进行的项目 1973。公民似乎会采取任何措施使自己保持汽油状态,这是他们反乌托邦理想的完美起点。在公众意识中,这仍然是一个非常现实的情况,随着全球燃料使用量持续飙升,这一情况将仍然具有现实意义。

原本的 Mad 最高 新的肯尼迪/米勒制片公司(Kennedy / Miller 生产s)在全球累积了约1亿美元的收入,在这种情况下,这真是惊人的回报。至关重要的是,这部电影因其无数种强奸和暴力行为而受到抨击,但对于许多人来说,这是一个虚构的风景,在许多方面都是可以识别的。它简单的警戒/复仇角度,可以说是当时赛璐ul有史以来最好的追逐场景,打败了美国主流,然后又打破了一些主流,为未来的家喻户晓引入了数百万人。续集是不可避免的,但米勒是否会承诺增加资金,忠于自己的独立传统?他已经拒绝了一个新兴行业的其他多个项目,其中最著名的是Sly Stallone 第一滴血, but Miller simply wasn’t interested 和 would eventually settle on the idea of a 最高 sequel. For him, the original movie had been something of a difficult experience, 和 extra funding meant more creative freedom. Since the release of 最高 it had irked him that a lack of funds had inhibited his conceptual potential, 和 with distribution rights snapped up 通过 major studio Warner Brothers, Miller felt that he could finally give audiences the movie he felt he was capable of producing.

也许是对围绕原始作品的批判狂怒的反应 Mad 最高尽管保留了电影的野蛮风光,但续集将更倾向于讽刺漫画,例如真正的比生命更长的角色,例如Humungus勋爵和他那狂热的S&M哥们。拒绝损害其独立优势,但它利用利用由 星球大战 并允许‘Max’ the kind of cinematic appeal that screamed franchise. 最高 himself, now an uncaring loner ravaged 通过 the ghosts of his past, had also grown into a more marketable figure, appearing like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No 名称 from the shadows of the outback’s stifling horizon. There was also a nice selection of visual gimmicks as 最高’s journey began to more closely resemble a comic book splash panel. Other than those cute embellishments, very little had changed, 和 why should it? This time 最高 was portrayed as a reluctant hero, a man without purpose who would come to the aid of a community of desert dwellers for personal gain. This was a shell of a man, a no-good loner who was only ever looking out for himself, but we the audience recognised the goodness that still burnt dully inside. We had known 最高 in a former life – a loyal friend, husband 和 father who paid the price for doing what was right. Once bitten, twice shy.

对于很多, 路勇士 is the pinnacle of the Mad 最高 series – 帝国反击战 的专营权。它恰好平衡了黑暗与主流吸引力之间的平衡,使我们拥有大量留在记忆中的夸张角色,并保留了澳大利亚演员阵容,这些演员大多不为人知,他们赋予了整个事物超越好莱坞主流电影院的真实感。实际上,与里德利·斯科特(Ridley Scott)一起 ’s 外星人银翼杀手, it’s hard to recall another picture that has had such an influence on dystopian sci-fi as a whole. Some of the simplistic tropes found in the Mad 最高 pictures can be found throughout the genre, 和 its colossal influence can often prove as detrimental as it is influential. You only have to look at Kevin Costner’s 水世界 to see that – a big-budget flop that was written off as a Mad 最高 clone before audiences had even been given the chance to take it in.

如果有什么, 水世界’s closest influence is the third entry in the original Mad 最高 trilogy. 超越雷电巨蛋 would prove something of a departure tonally, shifting more towards the commercial realms of Hollywood 通过 casting pop star Tina Turner as the movie’s fashionista antagonist, Aunty Entity, a move that doubled up as a cute commercial coup that tapped into MTV’s new marketing avenues with the Grammy 和 Golden Globe nominated hit title track We 唐’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome). 在 terms of narrative, it also relied heavily on mainstream gimmicks – particularly Thunderdome itself, a Bartertown death cage that wraps entertainment 和 retribution in a crowd-pleasing package. Characters such as Master Blaster manipulated our emotions in a more micromanaged way, while a lost boys of Peter Pan inspired sub-narrative irritated fans who had fallen in love with 最高’s darker persuasion.

不管什么原因 超越雷电巨蛋 felt somewhat different, like they had taken the concept a step in the wrong direction. When the original 最高 was in production, Miller chose a dystopian backdrop because he thought audiences would be more willing to accept the violence, but 超越雷电巨蛋 完全代表其他东西。这种转变的部分原因肯定是长期合作伙伴肯尼迪的去世,肯尼迪不幸地屈服于直升机坠毁,同时还在寻找电影的拍摄地点。由于这个项目和其他项目引起了人们的注意,米勒将招募新手乔治·奥吉尔维作为共同撰稿人。米勒和肯尼迪已经在前两部电影中倾注了每一滴集体的鲜血和汗水,但事实已不再如此。

Perhaps the third instalment was unfairly criticised to some degree, but its differences were enough to halt the franchise dead in its tracks for almost two decades. Of all the franchises to be given the reboot treatment, Mad 最高 was both the best 和 the worst – a universe with unlimited potential for growth, but one that had to be handled with the utmost care. Luckily, Miller had reacquired the rights to the Mad 最高 franchise in 1995,在梅尔·吉布森(Mel Gibson)在荒凉的地平线上消失了整整十年之后,关于第四部电影的构想早在 1998。经过多年的炼狱和坦克般的发展障碍,例如伊拉克战争和9月11日的恐怖袭击,第四批产品最终将开始生产,预算超过1.5亿美元,这对于一个在低价位上蒸蒸日上的系列来说是一笔巨大的数目预算的愿望,但是当我一眼看到米勒(Miller)的21世纪化身时,所有的担忧都在一氧化碳的阴霾中蒸发了。这是真正史诗般的壮观视觉效果,但影片明智地保留了这些基本要素,影片不愿让我们以CGI饱和,并强调那种使该系列令人耳目一新的身体特技至少。

这是我们都知道并且喜欢为新一代更新的朋克西方专利。我们仍然有所有的特技和疯狂以及比生活大的角色。实际上,这些元素已被增压到令人眼花hyper乱的双曲线水平,并且在视觉上使程序更具优雅感,其中一些 Mad 最高: 狂暴之路’s cinematography as mind-bending as Salvador Dali in his surrealist pomp. Gibson was always going to be notable 通过 his absence for those loyal fans of the franchise, but for those post-millennials who were new to the psychotic realms of 最高, Mel was an afterthought, 和 狂暴之路’s most notable hero was now of the female variety.

狂暴之路在世界末日的荒原上,真正的叛军是以查理兹·塞隆(Charlize Theron)的Imperator Furiosa的形式出现的,这将带领一群女囚犯获得寻找家园的自由。母系社会挑战男性主导的压迫是该系列的主题更新,在全球气候变暖的时代,能源战争的原始主题已自然演变。 狂暴之路 它提供了那种无情的,突如其来的动作,让您喘不过气来,它可以轻松地融入现代主题的事实证明了其品质。这样的照顾,关注和良好的判断,很少有现代的重新起步。

如果 超越雷电巨蛋 dipped its toe in the Hollywood machine, then 狂暴之路 rewired it. Yes, it had its fair share of headline faces, 和 yes the budget was there for all to see, but none of this detracted from the 最高 formula of old. There have been other reboots worthy of their roots – Denis Villeneuve’s 银翼杀手2049 也许是最著名的-但是 狂暴之路 was the first to really wow me, the first that was welcome 和 even felt necessary. Rare is the franchise that displays such levels of consistency 和 even rarer is the reboot that does that franchise justice. 在 that regard, Mad 最高 is arguably the most rewarding example of an extended franchise we have ever seen – 和 with 星球大战 和 Marvel dominating theatres with sequels, prequels, spin-offs 和 all manner of crossovers 和 tie-ins, the possibilities for Miller’普遍享有的视野是无止境的。

A half-decade has passed since 最高’凯旋而归的银幕,最后是一部续集。以来 狂暴之路 如此商业性和创意性的粉碎,’毫不奇怪。令人惊讶的是,米勒和华纳兄弟花了很长时间才利用重新启动’的成功,但又出现了一些阻碍专营权的障碍,这一次,’关于各种法律。该系列长期以来一直是涉及华纳和米勒的诉讼的主题’的自己的制作公司Kennedy Miller Mitchell,他们声称有权获得9,000,000美元的交付费用 狂暴之路 在其157,000,000美元的预算之内。华纳兄弟反驳称肯尼迪·米勒·米切尔(Kennedy Miller Mitchell)违反了合同条款,制作了一部120分钟的R级电影,而不是最初承诺的100分钟的PG-13电影。

狂暴之路 蒙受了一场极其困难的生产之苦,这似乎已经损害了两党之间的关系。法院文件显示,双方都有不满,这使双方陷入了争执。磨坊主’的公司声称,华纳兄弟实际上是由于“实质性变化和延迟”,批准拍摄制作净成本中不包含的其他场景。华纳反驳说 狂暴之路 “大大超过了批准的预算”,这是肯尼迪·米勒·米切尔(Kennedy Miller Mitchell)在没有录音室的情况下采取的行动的结果’的书面批准。米勒,紧张局势似乎在近几个月有所缓和’s plans to expand on his most famous creation finally nearing fruition, but like 最高’这条漫长而愤怒的道路可能会证明这是一条棘手的道路。

米勒有两个 狂暴之路 计划的续集,以及以查理兹·塞隆为中心的衍生产品’s Furosia,以Vuvalini(许多母亲)为首的拟议前传,Furiosa所属的部落。对第一部续集知之甚少, Mad 最高: The Wasteland,尽管生产越来越接近。 Miller先前曾声称,他对一部电影的规模更小,预算更低,特技更少而感到兴奋,这或许与原著相似 Mad 最高 – though fans will be pleased to hear that the film is set to feature 最高’的标志性V8拦截器。概念艺术家马克·塞克斯顿(Mark Sexton)也暗示了下一个阶段将令人难以置信的荒凉的事实,这也许反映了核战争和全球变暖灾难的威胁日益临近的时代。根据米勒到目前为止透露的内容,这部电影并非直接续作。 狂暴之路,这表明塞隆’s Furiosa won’t be involved, 但是有这么多钱危在旦夕’s only inevitable that the Mad 最高 franchise will live on in one form or another. Bring it on, I say.


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