George Miller’s Last Movie Three thousand years of nostalgia promises a fantastic mosaic made of dreams and magic. Starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, the film follows the special bond between a lonely British woman and the Djinn she accidentally frees, who grants her three wishes.
One of the most versatile directors of all time, George Miller’s filmography is as chaotic as it is endearing. The mind behind the world of madmaxhe also often likes to take photos of projects different from anything he’s worked on before, and his new film seems to be another one of his unique projects.
ten Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Using an anthology format like the blurred area A television series, the film adapts the show’s most iconic episodes to film, with four talented directors taking charge of each segment. However, of all of George Miller’s films, it’s clearly the one that showcases his style the least, and while his segment is compelling enough, it doesn’t quite fit the film as a whole.
The episode assigned to Miller is “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” following a man recovering from a mental breakdown who witnesses a strange creature lurking on the wing of his plane. While many viewers claim this is the strongest segment of the movie, it doesn’t necessarily add anything new from the original episode.
9 Happy Feet Two (2011)
Unfortunately, happy feet two overdoes the fantastical and pushes the overused new family trope too much, which makes the sequel not hold up today. Moreover, the film also counts with a disastrous performance at the box office which ended up earning the studio a considerable loss.
The charismatic Mumble returns as the father of a penguin struggling to realize his talents. Amid the family drama, a peculiar penguin who can fly comes ashore, and new obstacles threaten the world of Emperor Penguins and other nearby nations. Long story short, happy feet two tries to cram too many scenarios into one, many of them having no reason to be there. The end result is a messy movie that quickly loses track of itself, making it difficult for even kids to enjoy.
8 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Almost everyone agrees that Beyond Thunderdome is the weakest madmax movie, but it’s still a fun watch overall. It is possible to make a comparison with The matrix revolutions; a sequel that almost entirely reshapes the tone of the franchise, but fits right into the main storyline without actually changing the hallmarks of lore. Beyond Thunderdome is much more imaginative and ambitious than the previous two films, but the change of scenery and the allure of fantasy doesn’t quite work for the majority of fans.
If the film lacks coherence and remarkable characters, Beyond Thunderdome still manages to deliver amazing sets and costumes, standing out as one of the most memorable films set in Australia.
seven Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
The public can only imagine what the reactions of the producers were when they learned of the madmax director wants to make a movie about a talking pig. One of the producers of the first film, results for the sequel were generally positive, which is a charming, light-hearted story that was clearly made with genuine passion.
In Babe: Pig in the City, the eponymous pig must travel to town in order to save Farmer Hoggett’s farm after he is injured and unable to work. Miller delivers arguably his most eccentric film, and the contrast of the town with the unusual group of talking animals makes it all the funnier. Translating typical techniques from cartoon to cinema, Pig in the city is one of the most dynamic children’s films of the 90s.
6 Happy Feet (2006)
If the Talking Pig didn’t convince the producers of how Miller could make any type of story work, the Dancing Penguins certainly got the job done. Taking advantage of the underutilized South Pole, George Miller takes viewers into the world of emperor penguins, where you have to sing along to find your soul mate. At the center of the story is Mumble, a penguin who can’t sing but who will soon become a tap-dancing master.
happy feetThe premise of could be compared to Disney’s most bizarre movie ideas, but it mostly works because the film captures the fun like no other. It’s not trying to be a serious movie, and it’s not pushing child audiences too much either, making it a compelling watch for all ages.
5 The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick may not be Miller’s best film, but it certainly has the most memorable cast. Mixing fantasy and comedy, while delivering effective horror notes, the film follows three dissatisfied single women who have their wishes granted, at supernatural cost, after the arrival of a mysterious man.
Big names like Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer bring hilarious and peculiar characters to life. Amid spells, unholy creatures, and flames, the character interaction is priceless, and the film quickly devolves into a chaotic feast of magic.
4 Crazy Max (1979)
madmax not only was the movie that launched George Miller into the limelight, but it’s also one of the best examples of low-budget films that went gold at the box office. Set in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, the film follows Mel Gibson as a vengeful patrolman on a dangerous journey to stop a violent biker gang.
Even before Gibson became one of the most legendary actors of all time, he delivered one of his most iconic roles as Max Rockatansky, one of the great anti-heroes of the last century. Clearly limited by its budget, the first Mad Max does not quite reach the level of the other films of the franchise but opens the way to an exciting saga.
3 Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
A special hidden gem in Miller’s filmography, Lorenzo’s Oil might just be another conventional family drama if it weren’t for its inventive directing style. In her hands, the heartfelt story of parents struggling to cure their 5-year-old daughter of a rare degenerative nerve disease morphs into an honest explosion of emotion, a melodrama of almost divine proportions.
By floating the camera around each family member’s life and capturing their helplessness and love, each character becomes nuanced and viewers are captivated by the story in a way only a few dramas can. Being such a treasured, yet overlooked movie, every Miller fan should check it out at some point.
2 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
road of fury was the movie that brought the madmax franchise into the spotlight and reshaped the increasingly saturated blockbuster storyline. One of the fastest-paced films ever made, the film is a nonstop feast of action from start to finish, alternating between hand-to-hand combat and wheel-to-wheel clashes. Located mainly under the scorching sun and filled with bright colors, road of fury a complete departure from the gray, dull, CGI-filled blockbuster formula.
The film’s effect on critics and audiences was massive and immediate, and the film ended up being nominated for 10 Oscars, bringing home six of them. More importantly, it’s the kind of movie that never gets released, the constant high tension keeps viewers on the edge of their seats even after a third or fourth viewing.
1 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
A masterclass on world building and practical effects, Crazy Max 2 is the kind of movie that makes viewers wonder how certain scenes were still filmed today, more than 40 years after its release. Max Rockatansky returns in a grueling search for gasoline. In his quest, he ends up agreeing to help a small oil community against a group of unscrupulous warriors led by a violent leader.
Crazy Max 2 is a huge step up in every aspect of the first movie. It’s much bolder in terms of the action scenes, it arguably delivers some of the best stunt scenes yet, although it still lacks a decent budget. Additionally, it also features an array of different characters and arcs, which add to Mel Gibson’s heroic solitaire lore.
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