Back and forth on the Fury Road [part 3]



A week or two ago, I texted six points in response to my friend William’s text about Mad Max Fury Road. Here are the last three of those points, Will’s texted replies, and my sorta final word on them — this being my blog and all. SPOILERS THROUGHOUT.

4. The so called “men’s rights activists” are very real. I’ve run across a few, and they’re every bit as nuts as the Social Justice Feminists they tend to war with. But with less justification

4. I wouldn’t have a clue, so I’ll take your word for it. I dislike the idea of putting Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on the $20 bill because what they represent is diametrically and otherwise opposed to what the currency represents. They should not be interpreted as symbols of a system they struggled against as both women and persons of African descent who were barred at the very least from assimilating into the culture this currency continues to stand for. Obama would do, or keep it real and let it be Susan B Anthony. Black women did not benefit from the women’s suffrage movement until the Voting Rights Act of 1964. But I seriously digress…

As usual, Will…as usual.


5. I liked the first Pitch Perfect, so the success of the second doesn’t surprise me. The female market isn’t very well served in summertime.

5. Never saw either movie, so I have no comment. Several critics have not been easy on it, but the thing is these two movies serve two different audiences, but there could be a vin(sp?) diagram that explains their overlapping audience appeal that I don’t care to get into right now.

True enough. And I don’t want to get into it, either. Suffice it to say that people can enjoy a wide range of story types.


6. I recently saw Children of Men. It and Fury Road are very much spiritual siblings.

6. You can make that point depending on what you’re reading into the character motivations. Book of Eli was much more pronounced and obvious about its intentions and motivations, which may have worked against it from an objective standpoint. I want to watch Children of Men again before I make a further point, but I remember it being understated (I could be dead wrong).

My point has zip to do with character motivations and more to do with how both are fables about what happens to Western civilization when God and most of the real vestiges of His morality are both dead from society. In Children of Men, I was reminded of Jesus’ statement, when he tells his disciples not to bar the children from coming to greet him, that His Kingdom is made of “such as these,” him speaking of the children.  In that film, the absence of children led to humanity being almost completely swallowed up in its sinful human nature.

In Fury Road, we find that the absence of one God and the moral framework of the West built on Him has led to the film’s chief antagonist filling the vacuum with another: a twisted religion built around a new god —himself — and his hoped-for progeny while weeding out the less-than-worthy through starvation and a suicidal death cult theology. We also see that the absence of children, or hope of bearing them, has left humanity seeing only the worst of itself.

In both films, though, there is a remnant that still has hope and sees a better way, despite the forces arrayed against it.


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