These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Mad Max
Alternate Character Interpretation: Most people assume that Max's wife has died as a result of the biker attack in the first film, but the doctors actually suggest that she'll pull through. Thinking about the fact that Max still has a critically wounded wife in the hospital puts his Roaring Rampage of Revenge in a much different light - assuming Max can actually afford the hospital expenses.
Doesn't change the fact that the Toecutter and his gang of bastards had it coming. They did kill Max's infant son after all, and his best friend. You couldn't expect him to take that lying down.
Max does walk away from two graves in the opening for the second film. Unless, the other grave is Goose.
Awesome Music: Beyond Thunderdome was scored by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre. Tina Turner contributed two songs. "One of the Living", which plays over the opening credits, won Turner a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performace, Female. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", which plays over the closing credits, became a #1 hit in many countries, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
The music for The Road Warrior's opening narration is both bleak and stirring at the same time.
Contested Sequel: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. On one hand, the scenes in Bartertown are very well regarded, especially the titular Thunderdome fight, but the film gets a good amount of flak for the tribe of lost children and the extreme shift into Lighter and Softer territory from the first two films (and even its own first half).
Designated Villain: Asides from having some stringent laws, Anutie Entity and the residents of Bartertown aren't all that evil.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The series as a whole is largely remembered for being the Trope Codifier of the After the EndScavenger World setting, complete with its Desert Punk aesthetic. The first film, however, has at best only light shades of this aesthetic and takes place before society has fully broken apart, featuring a still functional (albeit barely) infrastructure, complete with police force, running economy, law system and even television.
Epic Movie: Taken as a whole, the trilogy could be viewed as this, as it presents the full circle of Max's struggle with the apocalypse.
Even Better Sequel: Mad Max 2. The first film was a hit in Australia, but the sequel was released in America as The Road Warrior because not many Americans had even heard of the original film yet.
There is scene in Thunderdome where Max tells Pig-Killer that he'll count to three before pulling a harpoon out of his leg. Counting to three becomes a Running Gag in that other franchise that Mel Gibson is famous for.
Johnny the Boy is obviously the biker gang's boy toy. At one point, Toecutter asserts his authority over him by making him suck the barrel of his shotgun, telling him, "Keep your sweet, sweet, mouth shut!"
The antics of the rest of the gang often have homoerotic overtones. The first thing Cundalini and Mudguts do after getting off their bikes is start sensuously dancing in the middle of the street.
Wez wears assless chaps and drives around with his twink boyfriend clinging to his back. When his boy-toy gets killed, Wez goes berserk, and Humungus has to put him in a very intimate looking sleeper hold while whispering into his ear.
Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome
Master's feelings for Blaster seem to run in this direction, especially in his insistence that Blaster has a sweet, innocent face. Their relationship might, however, be more paternal.
Iron Woobie: Blaster. Underneath the intimidating helmet is a gentle-looking, innocent face with Fish Eyes. Master pleas for his life and Max, realizing this was in no way a fair fight, spares him, infuriating Aunty - who promptly has Blaster killed with crossbows and puts Max to "The Wheel" for breaking his word.
It Was His Sled: Averted. It's common knowledge that Mad Max loses his family in the first film and becomes a badass vigilante. However, Max's wife is never confirmed to have died. Doctors in voiceover express optimism that she'll pull through, but Max can't seem to hear them. He rushes off for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge before her fate is established.
Again, one has to wonder if Max can even afford the expenses to afford the additional hospital services on a policeman's pay.
Unfortunate Implications: In addition to Wez pretty clearly being gay or bi, one group of guys under the Humungus's command is known as "Smegma Crazies," and another as "Gayboy Berserkers." So either many or all of the bad guys in this movie are gay. (But considering that there are women in the gangs, and boy/girl coitus interruptus, they're likely just fashionably faux-gay, or it's just a case of Anything That Moves for most of them.) Possibly a case of Actor On Board, considering Gibson's feelings about gay people.