Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough.
Mad Max: Fury Road was the runaway success story of 2015, it took cinema goers completely by surprise with its unyielding, high-octane stunt work and gorgeous visuals, it even bagged itself 6 Oscars. Director George Miller made the announcement last year of the Black & Chrome edition, the Directors personal optimal vision of his film, in black & white. How much difference can a change of hue make?
Max Rockatansky lives his life wandering the wastelands of post-apocalyptic Australia, surviving day by day as a scavenger. One day he is captured by the unhinged and devout War Boys and their leader Immortan Joe. When Joe’s trusted lieutenant Imperator Furiosa turns on him and smuggles Joe’s captive ‘wives’ to freedom, Max and this assembled band must run to survive.
In many ways Mad Max Fury Road: Black & Chrome is the same beast we saw in the cinema, jaw dropping visuals, inspired turns from Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron, a captivating story with an empowered female lead which won the film much praise, justly I might add. The Directors favoured vision for his film, Black & Chrome is the same film that we love only in black & white, and I must say, it really works. The glorious colour of the original print replaced by monochrome adds a sense of foreboding and mystery to the opening shot of the film, the maelstrom sequence is still as utterly jaw dropping even viewed through a different palette. The balance of white on black gives Immortan Joe and his War Boys an even more menacing appearance and the chase sequences are not affected by the lack of colour, still as cool as they ever were.
If you are looking for massive changes in Black & Chrome, your not going to find them. However, if you want to view one of the greatest action flicks of this millennium through a slightly different lens, you will find Black & Chrome as enjoyable, beautiful and fascinating as I did.