What's your favourite Mad Max movie? Yeah, yeah--I know you like 'em all. But if you could only pick one, which one would it be?
In case you forgot, there's four of them, all directed by George Miller: 1979's Mad Max, 1981's Mad Max 2 (released as The Road Warrior in North America), 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.
My least favourite is probably Thunderdome, mainly because: how the hell do you follow a movie like Road Warrior? I mean, come on! That was Mel Gibson's golden moment, maybe the best action movie of all time. Not even Tina Turner can follow that.
My second least favourite is probably Fury Road, although I admit it was an awesome flick, with Tom Hardy deftly taking over the role of survivalist anti-hero Max Rockatansky from Gibson. There was maybe a tad too much incredible action, if that's even possible.
So I liked the first two Mad Max flicks the best. The original had a quirky low-budget vibe, bizarre "bikie" villains like Toecutter, Bubba Zanetti, and Johnny the Boy, and a rage-fueled, vengeance-driven plot that reeled you in. It would probably be my favourite if The Road Warrior wasn't so freakin' unbelievable.
The good news is, no matter which Mad Max movie is your fave, next week you can immerse yourself in the post-apocalyptic glory of all four while at the same time doing a solid for the beautiful country that spawned the series: Australia.
On January 25 the Rio Theatre is presenting a Mad Max-athon for Aussie Bushfire Relief, where for $40 you can see the entire series and come away knowing that your contribution will directly benefit the work being done by the Australian Red Cross in dealing with the deadly fires raging across the country. The event will also feature trivia, raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and a costume contest where you can dress up as your favourite desert-dwelling marauder, so make that appointment to get a mohawk and go raid your kids' hockey bag in search of shoulder pads you can spray-paint black.