I watched all the old Mad Maxes.
Mad Max (1979): This movie is terrible. It's a 90 minute 1st act. What makes it stick out are the (lack of) stakes and the setting. It's this weird apocalypse-lite where the roads seem to be the only lawless part of the land. Civilization seems more or less in tact, otherwise. This is one of those sucky old movies that we're lucky blew up. Because then we got... (The Saw franchise! No seriously)
...Mad Max 2 (1981)! Released in the USA as The Road Warrior, Mad Max 2 turns up everything to 11. After making the first movie on a shoe-string budget, now George Miller really got to sink his teeth into the setting and blow up some cars. This is the old one that most reminds me of Fury Road.
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) is the weirdest of the series. It's very of its time, straight copying the plot points and tone of Temple of Doom and Return of the Jedi. Not anywhere near as good as Mad Max 2.
None of the Mad Max movies seem to be tied to one another's continuity, which is a really smart choice, I think. Every re-imagining of the wasteland gives us something new.
It was lots of fun seeing the original wasteland that inspired the Fallout universe. Also seeing the seeds that would eventually grow into Fury Road was neat.
I'm pretty sure that Max is something like 1/3 as crazy as Mel Gibson currently is.
Edited by qwksndmonster, 22 March 2017 - 01:45 PM.