YMMV: Mad Max


  • Alternate Character Interpretation: While most viewers take it for granted that Max's wife is mortally wounded in the end of the first film, it's actually not certain. The doctor states that she's "salvageable" in spite of her catastrophic injuries. This puts Max's Roaring Rampage of Revenge in a different light, given that he might actually have a critically injured wife still alive and counting on him to survive (even though the bikers who did were evil bastards who deserved the suffering Max inflicted on them for the brutal attack in the first place). The sequels wipe this away by making Max's entire family unambiguously dead, giving him truly nothing to lose.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Toecutter in the first film, as all it takes to finish him off is chase him down until he gets run over by a truck. The Lord Humungous too, as he and Max are never directly face to face at any point in the second film until Max smashes into his vehicle with the tanker truck.
  • Awesome Music: The music for The Road Warrior's opening narration is both bleak and stirring at the same time.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The first film was meant to show the dangers of reckless driving.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Lord Humungus.
  • 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.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Call Fury Road a knockoff of Borderlands, and you'll be met with a number of Mad Max fans who will inform you just how wrong you are as far as which property inspired which.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: While the two sequels are much better known outside of Australia than the original, most fans consider the first two films the only really good ones of the series. Beyond Thunderdome does, on the other hand, skew toward being a Guilty Pleasure emblematic of mid-1980s science fiction, and it's the one that's generated the most well-known pop-cultural phrases.
  • Fountain of Memes: As the films basically codified the post-apocalyptic genre, it naturally inspired loads of pop-culture catchphrases.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Max suffering a nervous breakdown from the tragedy in his life becomes harder to watch in light of Mel Gibson's own real life personal problems.
    • Plus his speech about how worried he is about becoming just as bad as the criminals he fights.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The cry of a crow is always a bad sign.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Vindicated by History: With the success of its sequels, Mad Max has been hailed as a sci-fi classic and a major example of what can be done on a low budget if the film crew is talented enough.
  • Win the Crowd: The trailer for Fury Road has been very well received so far.