Quentin Tarantino loves his own movies so much, we wouldn't be surprised to hear him call The Hateful Eight the best movie of 2015. But when recently asked the question while promoting his Western revenge epic, he gave a decidedly different answer. Despite his hesitation to watch Mad Max: Fury Road, he ended up falling in love with it. Here's what he had to say when asked what his favorite 2015 movie was, explaining that he wanted to hate this new version of Mad Max.
"It would have to be the Mad Max movie. Fury Road. You have to understand. I get asked that question always the year that I'm making a movie. Which is always when I've seen the least movies. But I ended up getting a print of Mad Max on 35mm, and I watched it at my house. I had it all weekend. And I ended up watching it three different times. And I resisted seeing it for awhile. Because I was like, 'Mad Max? Without Mel Gibson? Forget that!' In a world where Mel Gibson exists, how can you cast Tom Hardy? I wanted to get all defiant about it. #NotMyMax! But then I saw the movie. And, okay. It's terrific! And He's terrific in it."
Many believe that Mad Max: Fury Road might earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars this year. Its already secured a Golden Globe nomination. And several other prestigious awards. The National Board of Review's annual awards are often a barometer of what fans may expect during Oscar season. And they named Mad Max: Fury Road as their pick for the best movie of 2015.
While we'll have to wait until next month to see if director George Miller's action masterpiece lands any Oscar nominations, director George Miller and producer Doug Mitchell confirm that there may be a black and white version of the movie hitting theaters next year. Back in May, George Miller promised that the black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road would be included on the Blu-ray release, but this version didn't make the official release. The director revealed in his May interview that the black and white version is the best possible way to watch the film, but we'll have to wait and see if this B&W release comes to fruition. Here's what he had to say about why the black and white print is the best version, in his May interview.
"We spent a lot of time in DI (digital intermediate), and we had a very fine colorist, Eric Whipp. One thing I've noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There's only two ways to go, make them black and white - the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That's all the colors we had to work with. The desert's orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white."
What do you think? Is Quentin Tarantino right in his assertion that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best movie of the year? Is it your favorite? Or is there another film that deserves this honor more? Sound off in the comment section below. We also have the video from Quentin Tarantino's interview.