‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ has been in theaters for two weeks and it’s an undeniable commercial hit. It’s also being heralded as a feminist action film, which makes its success at the box office all the more gratifying. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with Mad Max’s message of female empowerment.
While one internet writer was extremely vocal in his objections to the film’s refusal to bend to gender stereotypes, another critic at Cannes expressed his confusion over the equal roles male and female characters play in the film. Luckily, star Tom Hardy was there to set him straight.
Toronto Star movie critic Peter Howell posed during the Mad Max panel at Cannes, “I have a question for Tom Hardy. Tom, I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I have five sisters, a wife, a daughter, and a mother so I know what it’s like to be outgunned by estrogen. But I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man’s movie?”
Hardy taken aback replied… “No. Not for one minute… That’s kind of obvious.” Charlize Theron then piped in, “Good for you!”
Forward to the 9:45 mark for the Q & A: