There’s plenty to love about George Miller’s masterful “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but the film’s captivating visual presentation often takes precedent. A movie printed on storyboards instead of a fully-formed script, it’s an exhilarating, eye-popping spectacle in every sense of the word — from John Seale’s amazing cinematography, to Jacinta Leong and Shira Hockman’s massively-inspired art direction, to the radiant orange and teal-heavy color palette, to the incredible stunt work and motorcar-fueled mayhem. With all that visual stimulation, it can be easy to forget how much Mark A. Mangini and David White’s impeccable, Oscar winning sound editing also played into the never-ending excitement of Miller’s latest. So, thankfully, Vimeo user Zackery Ramos-Taylor is here to give them their full due (beyond, you know, their Oscars) with his latest supercut, “Hearing Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Trimmed together with the same intense precision as editor Margaret Sixel’s final cut, Ramos-Taylor’s immersive audio compilation is a sterling and eye (and ear)-opening reminder of how much the film’s sound compilation played into its hypnotic success. “Mad Max is a film we see with our ears,” Mangini’s quote tells us at the top as we’re, once-again, whisked into the action head-on, only now much more mindful of how every little rattle, clunk, thunk, bang, snap, splash, zip and boom that bounced us through Miller’s demented dystopian vision helped make the film the rousing hit it was. It’s just another firm reminder of how much of the film’s technical excellence, really.
The first part of Raymos-Taylor’s soon-to-be-ongoing “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series, it’s hard to deny the power of Mangini and White’s award-winning work here. The editor has made an immensely indicative representation for why every crash, bump and clink sings, and if you need simply another reason to celebrate “Mad Max: Fury Road,” check out the two-minute video below.