Everybody’s talking about Mad Max: Fury Road and not for the reasons you think! Sure, there are the crazy convoy car chases across vast desert landscapes (the real deal, yo, with very little CGI), there are the terrific stunts (the Pole Cat Warriors were hired from Cirque Du Soleil) and there’s Tom Hardy. But ladies, listen up: here are the REAL reasons why we should all watch this movie, twice if we have to! (We have tried to eliminate the spoilers, so breathe easy, girls!)
1) IT’S A CHICK FLICK IN DISGUISE
That’s right, ladies! It’s a chick flick but not as you know it: there’s none of the shopping, inane giggling, dancing randomly to soul music around dining tables and crying on your friend’s shoulder at the book club. Instead, it’s a chick flick with balls (figuratively speaking, of course) Watch it and you’ll see what we mean.
2) YES, BY THAT WE MEAN IT’S A FEMINIST ACTION MOVIE. GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT, DUDE?
Or what to say when a chauvinist just doesn’t get it.
3) YOU’LL GIRL CRUSH ON CHARLIZE THERON. AND HARD
Step aside, Katniss, and let the big girls take over! Imperator Furiosa cuts an intelligent, strong and attractive character without compromising on her femininity. She will go down as one of the silver screen’s strongest female characters yet.
4) FURIOSA TAKES OFF WHERE AUNTY ENTITY LEFT OFF
Not that Charlize’s character was the only strong female presence in the Mad Max canon. Tina Turner’s Aunty Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome predates this bald beauty and set the path rolling for the future.
5) SHE NEVER GIVES UP
6) PLUS SHE DRIVES STICK SHIFT
Some men can’t even do that!
7) AND RIDES A BIKE
8) AND LOOKS AMAZING BALD
Not since Sinead O’Connor has any woman looked so attractive botak
9) AND SHE DOES ALL THIS WITH ONE ARM!
All right, enough girl crushing!
10) EVEN ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY ROCKS (TAKE THAT, TRANSFORMERS!)
There’s a pivotal scene in which RHW’s Splendid saves the day in the most spectacular way. Hey! That rhymes!
11) THE WIVES ARE MADE UP OF WOMEN TO TAKE NOTE OF
Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s granddaughter), Zoe Kravitz (rock star royalty), Abbey Lee (supermodel extraordinaire), above-mentioned RHW, are all names to watch
12) IN FACT, EVERY WOMAN IN THE MOVIE KICKS PROVERBIAL *SS
And we do mean every woman character with a speaking role. From shooting arrows at baddies’ heads to fixing trucks on the go, they’re not waiting around for any man to save them. Holding out for a hero? Honey, that’s so Mad Max 1979.
13) “WE ARE NOT THINGS!”
Who knew some of the strongest feminist messages could come from such a seemingly testosterone-filled movie. Let’s hope our men are listening.
14) EVE ENSLER WAS A CONSULTANT IN THE MOVIE? NO WONDER!
Director George Miller brought The Vagina Monologues playwright, feminist and activist Eve Ensler in as a consultant in a concerted effort to dispel the usual stereotypes attributed to female characters particularly the ones portraying victims. Eve credited George for taking addressing some hard issues–rape, sex slavery and human trafficking–with a more informed view. Two thumbs up for George! Three for Eve!
15) IT’S HARD NOT TO THINK OF THOSE CAST ADRIFT AT SEA WHILE WATCHING THIS
Yes, there’s a real crisis happening off our shores and it’s hard not to think of them without food and water, and getting increasingly desperate while watching this movie.
16) WE’LL APPRECIATE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES MORE
From what we’re seeing in this movie, the world is truly a terrible, violent place without it.
17) THE MOVIE PREDICTS THE FUTURE
In an interview with Live! With Kelly & Michael, Charlize said: “We don’t want to be guys, but in a post-apocalyptic world, we will survive!” Or in the wise words of Beyonce: Who run the world? Girls!
18) YOU GET THE FEELING YOU’RE WATCHING HISTORY IN THE MAKING
It’s the start, hopefully, of bigger, better, stronger female Hollywood roles to come.
19) LOOK, MA! THE WOMEN ARE TALKING!
More speaking roles for the women than ever! In fact, Furiosa has more screen time than Max!
20) WHO’S MAX?
Exactly! By the time the movie’s over, it won’t be him you’re rooting for.
21) SO TOM HARDY’S JUST SALAD DRESSING?
Girl, you know it! Great eye candy. Still can’t make out half of what he’s saying.