FILM

The Observer - The New Review - - MONDAY 18 -

Mad Max TCM, 9pm (Ge­orge Miller, 1979) Here’s a triple bill of the fran­chise that wouldn’t die – in fact, which brazenly flour­ished afresh in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, stylis­ti­cally re­boot­ing the an­tipodean strain of post-apoc­a­lypse im­agery that it launched in the first place. The open­ing chap­ter in­tro­duces Mel Gib­son as Max Rock­atan­sky, a “pur­suit cop” who tan­gles with a bru­tal bike gang. Mad Max 2 (Ge­orge Miller, 1981), show­ing at 10.50pm, moves into more manic and baroque neo-west­ern ter­ri­tory. Then at 12.40am Mad Max Beyond Thun­der­dome (1985, co-di­rected by Miller and Ge­orge Ogilvie) takes things rather more into the realm of panto, in an elab­o­rately con­ceived extravaganza in­volv­ing Tina Turner as fu­ture clan chief Aun­tie En­tity and a plot in­volv­ing the strug­gle to con­trol a pig-poo pow­ered meth­ane plant. Jonathan Rom­ney

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