Episode 105

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is not the movie you'd expect after the three very masculine Mad Max movies that came before it, but it's the Mad Max movie we needed.

While arguably Tom Hardy's titular Max is side-lined by Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa, it's done for a good reason - to give Max something pure to fight for and alongside. Women are not treated kindly in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, and whereas Max has no drive (excuse the pun), nor any ideology, Furiosa has a dream and a mission; to get these young women and their babies to safety in the Green Place.

While the men in the story have a singular mission, the women in the story work together. And honestly, it's wonderful.

With fantastic cinematography, production design, stunt work and choreography, Mad Max: Fury Road sets itself apart from other action movies of the 2010s.

Quite simply, this movie is the bread and butter of why Verbal Diorama is here. It's feminist, it's bold, it has beauty in its imperfections, but mostly it's just a celebration of great practical effects and George Miller's striking visuals and vision.

Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Mad Max: Fury Road!

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Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)

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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.