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No holds barred here- I love this franchise. The original three were released well before I was born, so I was completely unfamiliar with the first three Mad Max films prior to Mad Max: Fury Road’s 2015 debut. I was drawn to that film initially because I have mad love for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. Action/adventure is also my go-to genre, so it seemed like the perfect mix of all the best things for me. After watching (and freaking loving) Fury Road I got to googling and, lo and behold, there were three other films filled with Mad Max goodness.

I love the visuals in these films. I love the insane costumes, and I especially love all the insane characters wearing the insane costumes. Apocalyptic dystopias are also pretty in vogue right now (as evidenced by the popularity of films like the Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Resident Evil, Snowpiercer, I Am Legend, The Book of Eli, and The Colony). The first three films pre-date this more recent, grim craze. To be perfectly honest, I kind of like the 1980s’ take on post-civilization. Obviously the apocalypse isn’t fun, but it should at least be fun to watch. The Mad Max movies definitely deliver to that end.

As mentioned, the first three were made in the ‘80s, and as a result they are SUPER ‘80s. It’s glorious. Some people struggle to watch older movies, which I can understand to an extent. We’re all entitled to our preferences. However, if you aren’t that type of person then you should definitely add these to your queue. If you are, then, lucky for you, the fourth film is as contemporary as it gets. Prior knowledge of the other films isn’t really necessary for enjoyment of the fourth, so you can just jump in and join the rest of us in the agonizing wait for number 5.

Director George Miller is at the helm of all four films, and it’s probably what he’s best known for. As an aside, I really dig George Miller. This is partly because my inner child is a sucker for Babe and Babe: Pig in the City, both of which are fabulous and will make you cry if you have a soul. He also wrote and directed Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two, which are good but lets be real: NOTHING can top Babe.

The Mad Max movies are fast paced fun with amazing visuals and top-notch acting. I could spend another 400 words gushing about it, but I doubt anyone’s attention span will stretch that far. In that spirit I’ll keep it simple: if you like action movies, or just good movies in general, watch these films.