In The Road Warrior, Max fights Lord Humungus, a marble slab of a man wearing metal undergarments and a helmet that's part Man In The Iron Mask and part '80s goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers. As Max zooms along to rescue a helpless desert town (a plot not dissimilar from Rango, come to think of it), everything builds to an action climax that, 38 years later, remains one of the most gripping ever filmed. And it's streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
This movie was savaged this summer, and I am in no way suggesting that it is good. But it isn't terrible. Based on Chris Claremont and John Byrne's Dark Phoenix Saga run on Marvel comics (as was X-Men: The Last Stand, also a bit of a disappointment), the movie definitely has a few things going for it. I for one never tire of watching Michael Fassbender strain his face and neck muscles as he pretends to exert magnetic power. Similarly, any Professor X trip to Cerebro (whether it is Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy) is gonna get me going "Whoa."
Sophie Turner is good as Jean Grey, switching between being frightened and guilt-ridden to being a swaggering badass. The script is all over the place (like introducing major motivating factors in the very last scene!), but that ain't her fault. Nor is it the fault of any of the mutants that a major set piece is just basically a bunch of guys trying to cross a street. This is probably the last X-Men movie for a while, and for that alone, it's worth checking out. Some of the action is great, though maybe not as great the unimpressed reaction you'll give at the end. "Wait, that's it!?" is hardly thing you should say after a whole slew of movies, unless you've got a sense of humor about these things. Check out the Blu-ray or rent it.
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