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Mad Max: Fury Road Is Here, and Charlize Theron Has Some Bad News for Men’s Rights Activists

Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road

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Mad Max: Fury Road, the reboot of a film franchise that’s been dormant for 30 years, premieres today, and there are more than a few surprising twists to it.

One is that Mad Max: Fury Road is being acclaimed as a great movie. Not just a good movie, a fun movie, but a great movie. The best action film in years, maybe. The rest of the summer blockbusters will be challenged to challenge it.

Fury Road is one of the best action movies of the decade, a punk Last Judgment with manic invention and depraved wit on display in every frame.” —Alex Pappademas, Grantland

“Utterly unhinged, magnificently inspired, hugely ambitious, deeply weird, emotionally resonant, and brilliant in every possible way, Mad Max: Fury Road is a mow-you-down masterwork.” —Stephen Rebello, Playboy

“Even in the most chaotic fights and collisions, everything makes sense. … And Mr. Miller demonstrates that great action filmmaking is not only a matter of physics but of ethics as well. There is cause and effect; there are choices and consequences.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Hardy and Theron make a dynamite team, but Theron is the film’s bruised heart and soul. So get prepped for a new action classic. You won’t know what hit you.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A gleefully violent—and improbably feminist—phantasmagoria that turns epic road rage and long stretches of vehicular omnicide into an eye-boggling joy ride.” —Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Those last two comments, about Theron being the movie’s soul and the story being fuh-fuh-feminist, confirm what set “Men’s Rights Advocates” off earlier this week. According to a post that went up Monday at a blog called Return of Kings, Mad Max: Fury Road is “the vehicle by which [Hollywood is] guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat. … the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things.” The author, who hadn’t seen (and won’t see, he says) the film, was cheered by his fellow aggrieved fellows, and mocked by just about everyone else. The blog post has sparked 3,800 comments, and counting.

Charlize Theron discussed this suspicion of feminism at Cannes yesterday, and called MMFR “an incredible feminist movie.” Her comments are at 3:30 in the video below:

INTERVIEWER: “Is there something feminist about this film?”

THERON: “You know what I think is even more powerful about it is that [director] George [Miller] didn’t have a feminist agenda up his sleeve, and I think that’s what makes the story even more powerful, especially how the women are represented in it. It’s just very truthful, and I really applaud him for that, because I think when we use the word feminism, people get a little freaked out, it’s somehow like we’re being put on a pedestal or anything like that. George has this innate understanding that women are just as complex and interesting as men and he was really interested in discovering all of that, and I think through his need and want for the truth, he actually made an incredible feminist movie.”

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Published on: May 15, 2015

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5 Responses to Mad Max: Fury Road Is Here, and Charlize Theron Has Some Bad News for Men’s Rights Activists

  1. Why can't Hollywood concentrate on just making a really good movie and stay out of the political arena? This movie is supposedly about the wreckage of Australian society, post apocalypse of some sort or another. You would think people trying to survive in a bleak, nearly waterless desert would spend their time trying to stay alive. Or running for their lives from hyper-violent sorts who seem to have their own fully functional oil refineries. I mean where's all the fuel for these vehicles coming from? If their society is as broken as it appears to be then alternative fuels are only there to make the movie seem a bit more sci-fi. As far as Theron's comment about femimism and guys 'can shove it' attitude she needs to back off. Guys like me are the ones that have spent time and money over the last decade or two making her popular. I think a lot of her attitude comes from her exposure to that dirt bag uber-wack job Sean Penn.

  2. Because politics are about the things that happen in life, dude.

  3. Eric Bacon says:

    This shouldn't bother you that much.

  4. Who said it bothers me? I stated my opinion on Theron talking smack. And my less than favorable opinion of Sean Penn. A has been sack that hasn't made a decent movie since Fast Times and Ridgemont High. His latest debacle of a movie shows him as a special forces type (what a freakin' joke that a left wing uber liberal Sadaam Hussein lover like Penn acting like a soldier). Just like his fellow has been actor Liam Neeson he's turning out schlock movies with excess of guns and violence just to make a buck. All while he'll howl like a dog about how bad guns are. I have very little use for the anti-gun left. What I don't understand is why I can't state an opinion without someone who doesn't know me, never will know me and has no idea what I'm like is saying something is bothering me. Ever hear of an opinion. That's the problem of this so called 'social media'. It's not social. It's totally anti-social. Get on any web site. State an opinion and stand by. Because someone is going to come out and question, insult and name call.

  5. DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE, DUDE. Obnoxious isn't it? I'm not your dude pal. And I've been around politics longer than you have. Politics are about the manipulations of life. Politics are about the privileged sticking their noses in your personal lives. Politics are about societal engineering and ignoring tradition, history and the Constitution.

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