This was a film that really struck a chord in me. Set in some futuristic time, the end of days had occurred and small groups of people were fighting for their survival. There was lots of people in weird costumes, none of which were particularly becoming!! That is probably why the film won the award for best costumes.
The Mad Max Fury road was not a well traveled road in film. The main warrior, Imperator Furosia was a woman. She forms an alliance with Max, a warrior man. Max was more of a sidekick and this was interesting because it reversed the usual story of action films which is the man is the hero who has a pretty woman dangling on his arm. The woman is like a kind of human attachment rather than a person, a trophy. Imperator Furosia, as her name suggests, was a warrior to be reckoned with in the film. Strong and fierce in battle yet there was a touch of sensitivity in the character. She always fought for the people that accompanied her and considered them in all the decisions that she made. This was one of the main themes of The Mad Max Fury 4 plot.
At the end of the I thought about the roles of men and women. The man is nearly always seen as the warrior and the one that is physically more capable than a woman to fight. Yet history is sprinkled with events where women fought. I`ve written a true story about The Rising in 1916 when Irish people decided to take their freedom back from Britain. Many of these people were women and part of my true story is about a woman who fought in The Rising. (A True Story of The 1916 Rising Available in Amazon Monday March 9th)
I wonder about how society encourages us to have roles. Man and woman, husband and wife, gay and lesbian and how many people expect others to behave within the role that they are categorized in. Some people say gay men are effeminate, lesbians are manlike, a husband cares less for children than the mother. Boys play football, girls play with dolls. Where I live I`ve seen plenty of men look after babies, as the women tended to get work easier in this recession. I`ve seen girls and boys play football. So are these roles really representative of people? I do not think so.
What roles do you think you have to fulfill on a daily basis? Are you happy with having to take on a role that has been given to you by society or would you like to try and think outside the box, as they say, and try to be who you are? When you love yourself for who you are people typically reflect that approval and love you back. We are all perfect just as we are and when we express our true selves people are usually impressed.