Hidden Meaning in Mad Max: Fury Road – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning in Mad Max: Fury Road – Earthling Cinema

Greetings, and welcome to Earthing Cinema.
I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is Max Max: Fury Road, the fourth
film in the series and the first one that doesn’t have a problem with Jews. The film takes place on Earth after the nuclear
holocaust that we all know turned it into a barren desert wasteland. Our protagonist
is Madison Maxwell, or Mad Max for short. Max likes to sit around, eat organic food,
and monologue to himself, but these skinheads put a stop to that. They bring him back to
their boss, a fat guy named Joe. Imperator Furiosa, one of Joe’s trusted lackeys,
goes truckin’ off to the gas station. But soon Joe realizes she took all his sex puppets
and sends his army of war puppets to chase her down. One such soldier is Nux, who brings
along Max as his lucky hood ornament. Furiosa drives into a sandstorm to escape Joe’s army,
and Nux is the only one psychotic enough to follow suit. But being psychotic also has
its downsides, specifically an upside-downside. When Max comes to, he conveniently finds Furiosa
and the wives making repairs on their truck like fifty feet away. Which I guess means
she was only able to drive for one second after losing her tail. Tough break. Max tries
to steal the truck, but Furiosa babyproofed it, so Max reluctantly agrees to let her steal
her own truck with him. Joe and his goons catch up, and just like the proverbial “another
one,” the pregnant wife bites the dust. Furiosa tells Max they are going to the Green
Place, her alma mater. Nux stows away on the truck, but only to find somewhere to cry about
his daddy issues. The redhead wife makes googly eyes at him because let’s face it, there aren’t
a ton of fish in the sea when the sea’s all dried up. Later that night, the truck becomes
a real stick in the mud, but then they push it, push it real good. They keep driving until they reach a tribe
of biker grannies, who reveal that the swamp they passed is all that’s left of the Green
Place. This bad news is more than Furiosa can handle. You know, like hand. Cuz she ain’t
got none! After briefly considering letting his friends die in the desert, Max suggests
they go back to Joe’s house, since it’s unprotected and has lots of water and sometimes your glasses
have been on your head the whole time. Face glasses, not water glasses. So our heroes retrace their steps, and before
Joe can even open his mouth, Furiosa rips it off. Nux commits suicide for a good cause,
and Max donates blood one last time, despite not receiving a complimentary Nutter Butter.
They return to the Citadel as heroes, but Max heads off to start work on the sequel. The stylized machinery, weapons, and artillery
of Mad Max are characteristic of dieselpunk, a genre that featured the technology and aesthetic
of pre-war 1940’s Earth. Which is also post-war if you think about it. But unlike the gleaming
chrome traditionally used in dieselpunk to reflect the optimism of that era, Mad Max
depicts grimy contraptions in disrepair that embody a post-apocalyptic society with little
hope and lots of sand all up in people’s crevices. Here, all that remains of the glory days are
petroleum-based machines which, ironically, contributed heavily to society’s collapse
in the first place, along with diet soda and listicles. These gas-powered machines are so integral
to the survival of Joe’s power structure that the people have come to worship them like
they would a Samsung Galaxy Note. Their belief system appropriates the vocabulary of pagan
religions, which typically worshipped nature’s bounty. They refer to bullet manufacturers
as “farmers,” and to bulletss as the “anti-seed”. “Anti-seed” is also something my wife has
called me during more than one doctor’s appointment. Joe uses this ideology an d its derision of
all things organic to justify hoarding resources, enslaving workers, and waging war. The film examines themes of objectification.
Joe maintains a group of concubines to serve as “breeders” of future warlords, storing
them inside a giant bank vault like he would jewels or a government-issued savings bond.
He dehumanizes other women by milking them like cows to provide “mother’s milk” to put
in his Immortan Toast Crunch. But under Joe’s totally totalitarian regime,
it’s not just the women who are used for their fluids. Men such as Max are reduced to nothing
more than a source of free blood. Even the War Boys are objectified, made into expendable
chess pieces powered by cake frosting. Ultimately, the film espouses an egalitarian
message: it takes a man and a woman, both of whom understand the indignity of oppression,
to make the baby that is justice. Then again, justice is blind. So maybe this guy is justice. I don’t know. For
Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid.

100 thoughts on “Hidden Meaning in Mad Max: Fury Road – Earthling Cinema

  1. why no mention of the fact that Jo is a mix of Joker and Bane (in name and appearance) ? That's to me an impeccable cinematic plagiarism. By the way, Jo is sporting a US flag (badge) on his chest. That speaks volumes.

  2. Diesel Punk has two flavors.

    One that is excited about the future, much like the roaring twenties.

    Or one that is convinced endless war is the future, like right after WW1 or WW2.

    Could say 1984 is almost Diesel Punk for this reason, it currently is swept up in the feelings of the era it was written in.

  3. 1:37 "Just like the proverbial another one, the pregnant wife bites the dust SPLAT bum bum bum bumtumpa bumpatum"
    " The truck gets stuck so they push it, they push it real good"
    " They find out that the green place is gone which is more than Furiosa can HANDle…You know like hand."
    Lol the puns are fucking comedy gold?

  4. There's also the symbolism of the Four Horsemen in this movie, with Joe as pestilence with his sick followers and hoarding the only things that would allow those around to live healthily, the bullet farmer as War for obvious reasons, and the ManEater as famine for similarly obvious reasons. Leaving Max as the Horseman of Death, for it follows him everywhere

  5. Is anti-seed not a play on words? Anti-seed, antecede: precede, what came before. Guns and bullets led to war and violence, war and violence led to the destruction of the world.

  6. Bullet Farmer gets mad when Furiosa turns off his sight-spheres. But Max goes and talks to him. They are friends now, and we never see him again. But he gives Max his blood to remember him by.

  7. If they're all drinking breast milk why is the head boss so gross looking??! Shouldn't his hair be all shiny and his skin soft and strong??? Lol, in this universe I'd rather be a milk cow- they seem to get fed the most at least. Just give me a book to read whilst you hook me up please

  8. Am I the only one who has only seen the Black-n-Chrome version? I can't even imagine watching this film in color. It looks so… gaudy.

  9. So they made the whole thing and then they’re like: Oh sh**t we forgot the guitar guy. Srsly, he is there for like a second.

  10. I know this has been out for two years. But, you guys missed the four horseman reference as well

  11. I'm repeating some one else's observations here but it is interesting to watch the film again on this premise. These are the four horsemen of the apocalypse. War – the leader of Bullet Farm in the tank. Pestilence – the leader of Guzoline town who is fat and bloated. Famine – Imortan Joe. And Death – Max Rotanski. My favourite scene is where the most violence occurs but is off camera. They are in the grey wet place and Max goes off to "retaliate first" he kills all of those pursing and comes back with a bag of weapons. That's when Furiosa realises he is Death.

  12. Why did Max wander into the desert wasteland on foot at the end? There is no way he had more than about a week's worth of supplies.

  13. "Max reluctantly agrees to let her steal her own truck with him…" LOL that is why I love earthling cinema so much. Nobody words things better than this alien does.

  14. There's a TON of symbolism in this movie you could've explored but your videos look like they're more interested in being funny, which is ok

  15. People forget that justice is blind and instead often say "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.", as if that's somehow bad. What bad is in the world becomming just? It's end? That's just a worthy price for justice, that only makes it better.

  16. mmmmmmmmmm NAH! I think this film is a critique on the current feminist movement of our society.

    We focus so hard on finding meaning and symbolism in our lives that we take for granted the things that we have.
    These women shown in the film have the best lives out of anyone in the film. They dont need to work in labor camps, they dont need to scavenge for supplies, food, or water, and they have all the needs for living, just for the price of having sex with and only with Immortan Joe.

    Not to mention that Immortan Joe is completely justified rationing the water to everyone. At the end of the movie, the aquifers are completely depleted, killing everyone.

    And somehow leaving everything in "only" the hands of women will destroy everything that men and women have worked so hard to create, such as the biker women destroyed the greenlands.

  17. This movie is hard to hate, but it's also not easy to like. Tom Hardy…..yeah you're like the only one I liked.

  18. Love the Queen and Galaxy Note references in these videos! ?

    "But being psychotic also has its downsides
    …specifically an upside down side." ???

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