shinjimes: so here’s another of my favorite characterization…

Monday, August 31st, 2015


so here’s another of my favorite characterization moments; Angharad and Capable both get out binoculars and we learn that Angharad can identify all the various factions on site, and seems to know which ones are particularly contemptible. Capable also seems to know quite a bit about their modus operandi. and Toast is making a face like “oh goddamn it.”

it’s interesting because these women live in a gilded cage, but they aren’t sequestered from knowledge, necessarily. we know from the art book and some screencaps that the vault is full of books and they’re encouraged to learn. but it also seems like they’re at least a little involved in the citadel’s politics. they’re probably just brought out every so often for symbolic effect on the masses. but they clearly pay attention to everything. 

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condemnedtorocknroll: manticoreimaginary: Blessed Angharad,…

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015



Blessed Angharad, who fell from the Great War Rig, who gave her life so that others could live.

#okay so the sisters are going to talk about angharad when they get back when the citadel is being rebuilt#and i like the idea of her becoming a figure people think are watching over them#patron of the lost and the suffering#patron of rape victims and self harmers and pacifists and childbearing#invoked by war boys in the late hours when they’re feeling the ache of their tumours#her named called out by those suffering in their labour pains#(whispered by capable late late at night because she was the first person to speak her name like a prayer)

it starts when the wives speak of her and her bravery and maternity slowly becomes something revered and not something that makes you breeding stock. angharad becomes a hero in the eyes of the people, but still a very human one.

then the dag gives birth to a healthy baby girl, who grows up a little anxious at times but brave despite it, and it occurs to her that maybe someone was listening after all. angharad slowly but surely grows more holy, yet still human, someone who’s rumoured to walk the citadel at night, kissing the foreheads of war pups and stroking the foreheads of slowly dying war boys, the company of the lonely and the comforter of the lost. and when they die, who else would be there, waiting to embrace them?

so the stories begin. max, the shadow out in the wasteland and the proof of the kindness of strangers. nux, who showed all the war boys what sacrifice and dying for a cause really means. and angharad the splendid, who fell from the great war rig, who gave her life so others could live.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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teal-deer: gazztron: mimitcs: imp-furiosa: lies: Favorite…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015






Favorite world-building elements: Language

I really appreciate the parts chosen here, not just the shiny and chrome and witness stuff. Also another thing that has stood out to me is the early use of synonyms when Nux asks a passing War Boy what’s going on and his response is “Treason! Betrayal! An Imperator gone rogue!” That sounds like a line from classic lit. Like Shakespeare. And it’s on the basis of that line and the call-and-response like in that first gif that makes me think the War Boys (and probably just people in the Mad Max universe in general) have a very strong oral tradition of story telling.

Makes sense, actually. The vast majority of the people we see are kept in extreme poverty, with the exception of few chosen ones. How do you keep so many people from rioting against the few who rule? You tell them stories. You create a greater reason to justify the need for things to go in a certain way. That’s what Immortan does: he weaves a story about him being a sort of god, with the Valhalla as reward for the (few) ones he has to keep in fairly good conditions to provide gas, weapons, and defence for the citadel. It figures that in a post apocalyptic world they would mostly be illiterate (I could be wrong, but I don’t remember seeing even one book), so of course the stories need to be handed down orally. 

Indigenous Australian people have the longest oral history in the world.

Also I almost bust a gut laughing in the cinema when Charlize Theron said “fang it” in her Hollywood American accent. Like, honey no. That phrase is the native tongue of 17-year-old semi-sober bush rats.

There are books in the Wives’ sanctuary (along with a PIANO), which raises the interesting idea that the Wives (well, and probably the Organic Mechanic) may well be the ONLY literate people still around.

Which in turn suggests that the entire escape was likely Splendid’s idea in the first place. Given that Furiosa is seeking redemption and what she must have had to do to get to her position in this patriarchal society, Splendid may well have been the person to turn Furiosa around, to inspire her to seek redemption and bring them to the green place, because she’s the one with the knowledge, with history, with literacy. 

It really puts the Wives in a different light – bound, chained, abused, used as incubators, yes, but at the same time some of the most educated people on that Citadel. 

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the splendid a n g h a r a d

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

the splendid a n g h a r a d

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thoughts about Angharad

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

I’ve been thinking about her character more. Spoiler-y comments below.

  • I think “The Splendid Angharad” must be a title given to her by Joe. (I think the same is probably true of Toast the Knowing and Cheedo the Fragile.)
  • Joe calls her Splendid when he runs into the wives’ chamber looking for her, and when he’s scolding her for shielding Furiosa.
  • The other wives call her Angharad. Significantly, that’s what Joe calls her when he shouts his warning about the rock. I think it shows how afraid he is in that moment that he abandons the pet name.
  • Joe treats the wives as property, but I get a sense that Angharad has special status in the Citadel that goes beyond that, verging on her being viewed as royalty. Maybe it’s a reflection of her being Joe’s favorite, and the prospect of her producing a healthy heir. But whatever the source, she has an aura of queenliness.
  • She’s clearly the leader among the wives. She’s the only one Furiosa speaks to directly up until the point when she’s lost. She’s the one whose words are painted on the walls in the Citadel. The escape plan appears to be as much hers as Furiosa’s. She’s the one who takes the lead in arguing not to kill Nux when he attacks Furiosa in the cab of the war rig (”No unnecessary killing! We agreed!”), and then engages with him verbally before they throw him out.
  • Despite that post I previously reblogged, I no longer think Max was lying when he said “she went under the wheels.” It wasn’t the wheels of the war rig, though; it looks like she goes under the wheels of the pursuing vehicle, even as Joe is swerving to avoid her.
  • George Miller has said there is a deleted scene in which Miss Giddy is tortured and killed in a failed attempt to get her to reveal the wives’ plans. Since Miss Giddy in the Big Foot during the chase through the canyon and is seen caring for Angharad before her death, that scene must come after that point. I assume it will be on the DVD, and I hope it sheds more light on Angharad’s character, as well as on the question of why Joe is hanging around on the other side of the canyon when the war rig returns.
  • I didn’t know anything about Rosie Huntington-Whiteley before this, but in listening to Fury Road podcast reviewers I heard one particular dudebro laugh while saying her acting was weak, but better than in Transformers 3. (Then I said something rude and changed to another podcast.) I didn’t see Transformers 3, but if her character came off as wooden and unbelievable there I think it probably says more about Michael Bay as a director than it does about her. Certainly she delivered a compelling character here.

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Favorite characters: Angharad (+ bonus Capable)

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Favorite characters: Angharad (+ bonus Capable)

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