Mad Max, Feminism, and the Sublime Car Chase

There are few films that achieve critical and commercial success while asserting ostensibly left wing political content within the rubric of Hollywood blockbuster films. In general, these films are structured to avoid politics altogether while, at best, pushing the boundaries of an established genre’s limits for the sake of appealing to a wider audience. Within these constraints, the achievements of Mad Max: Fury Road are astounding, even if they do fall short of establishing a quintessentially “feminist movie,” as many of the film’s acolytes claim.

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