You Don’t Need to Watch the New Tingle-Inducing ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer

By  · Published on December 11th, 2014

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You really don’t need to watch this second trailer for next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road. You’ll want too of course, especially after the magnificence of the first trailer that premiered this past summer, and we honestly can’t blame you. But you still don’t need to watch this new one.

The problem isn’t that this latest trailer underwhelms – on the contrary as it’s loaded with awesomeness that makes the wait for the film’s release next May even more of a struggle. And it’s not like the trailer spoils any plot points or character reveals either. No, our suggestion here is simply that you save the epic action-beats on display here for the big screen. Wait until you’re actually seated for the movie itself so your first time viewing of the orgasmic mayhem is in context and projected at bigger than life size.

But, if you can’t resist another glimpse at the explosive siren call of director George Miller’s long-awaited return to the dusty and deadly future, if you definitely can’t wait another five months, then check out the new trailer below.

So there’s that.

There’s no denying that this looks incredible and almost guaranteed to be one of 2015’s cinematic highlights, but I’d be lying if I said it was an improvement over that first trailer. I prefer the cleaner feel of the earlier one – far less dialogue, fewer obvious CGI shots – but at least this time there’s no gratuitous lizard stomping. That said though this still tops my most anticipated list for next year.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron both look spectacularly gritty and hardcore, and our first real look at Nicholas Hoult reveals a character reminiscent of Bruce Spence’s Gyro Captain in the original films – not in appearance necessarily, but in the role he may serve as a somewhat offbeat sidekick. That or he’s just a bad guy with personality and lines of dialogue.

Miller made his name of course with the original Mad Max trilogy before moving on to other less memorable fare including Lorenzo’s Oil, The Witches of Eastwick and the Happy Feet films. For my money though Babe: Pig In the City is a career high-point on par with The Road Warrior. If you’ve only seen the original Babe (which Miller wrote but didn’t direct) you owe it to yourself to check out the sequel. It’s a far darker yet even more beautiful film and does things with the “family film” formula few if any movies for kids dare to do. All that plus Mickey Rooney!

Mad Max: Fury Road explodes into theaters May 15, 2015.

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