I witnessed ‘Furiosa.’ This one is worth a trip to The Wasteland. (And theaters.)

The latest ‘Mad Max’ movie is another action-filled spectacle. PLUS: The MCU’s ‘X-Men’ finds a writer, ‘Godzilla x Kong’ sequel loses its director, and I rewatched the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies … and the Mark Wahlberg one.

I witnessed ‘Furiosa.’ This one is worth a trip to The Wasteland. (And theaters.)
Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. / Warner Bros.

Happy Friday edition of Popculturology! Anyone have cool plans for the long weekend? I’m going to try making some of that glue pizza that Google’s AI Overviews is recommending. (Non-toxic glue, of course.)

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I caught Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga on Thursday night. That George Miller knows how to stage an action film.

I can’t say that Furiosa is on the same level as Mad Max: Fury Road … but in the almost decade since that one exploded into theaters, what other movie can claim to be on that level?

Anya Taylor-Joy does Furiosa justice, picking up the character from Charlize Theron. (She’s a woman of few words. Seriously, Furiosa only has thirty lines in the film. But like with Tom Hardy in Fury Road, Taylor-Joy says a ton without words.) I learned a lot from Taylor-Joy’s chat with Stephen Colbert this week. Not only did she not have a driver’s license when she shot Furiosa, but it turns out there’s some digital trickery going on when it comes to the actress who plays the youngest version of Furiosa.

For me, the highlight of the movie was the bizarre performance from Chris Hemsworth. Since the first trailer for Furiosa revealed Hemsworth as Dementus, I’ve been fascinated by whatever the heck it is he was doing with this character.

The full performance did not disappoint.