From the “I Don’t Think That’s How They Described It In The Pitch Meeting” department:
Ummm … yeah, I would go see this based on that summary. Sure. I’m all about seeing Mad Max get his camels back. We’re talking about cigarettes, right?
This was one of my favorite movies in the 1980s, and so my wife and I watched it for a while (by which I mean that I watched it, and my wife stared at the television in more or less utter disbelief). This resulted in a couple of exchanges that I found amusing:
|When Tina Turner shows up:|
|Me:||“Do you recognize her?”|
|Wife:||“She looks familiar … Aretha Franklin?”|
|During the Thunderdome fight:|
|Wife:||“Is this a cult movie?”|
|Me:||“Yes … how can you tell?”|
|Wife:||“Because it’s ridiculous.”|
I’m not sure what’s ridiculous about a couple of guys, one of whom is a giant wearing a massive helmet, hopping around in a dome-shaped cage while attached to huge rubber bands that let them fly through the air. Oh, sure, when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon does it, it’s art, but when Mad Max does it, it’s ridiculous! Maybe it’s because in Crouching Tiger you couldn’t see the rubber bands …
Anyway, she fell asleep shortly after the Thunderdome scene, still unconvinced that she was seeing an iconic film from the 1980s. Oh well.