Strongly recommended. There is nothing pretentious about Mad Max: Fury Road, in keeping with the first of the series, Mad Max, yet doubling down on the visual pyrotechnics of the second, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. While the audience catches its breath, director and writer George Miller doesn’t weigh us down with silly speeches. Much of this clarity is thanks to Tom Hardy (Inception) who - - like Daniel Craig’s Bond - - doesn’t replace Max Rockatansky so much as reinvent him. He’s splendidly counterbalanced by Charlize Theron (Monster), the best female action hero since Ellen Ripley (Alien). Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Hugh Keays-Byrne - - a memorable baddie from the first Mad Max - - are also delightful. Cinematography (John Seale, The English Patient) is blissful in repose and orgasmic in action, assisted by editor Margaret Sixel (Babe: Pig in the City). Mad Max: Fury Road is motor mayhem at its best.