FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, usually give their ‘Best film of the Year’ award to an arthouse darling or an indie breakthrough – in the last few years they’ve awarded films like Boyhood and Blue is the Warmest Colour, internationally acclaimed masterpieces that are as far removed from blockbuster filmmaking as you can possibly get.
Ahead of this year’s San Sebastien film festival, FIPRESCI have announced the film they believe is 2015’s best, one that certainly has more flame-throwing guitars than anything they’ve awarded before. Yes, film critics worldwide have declared George Miller‘s psychotic Mad Max: Fury Road is the best film of the year. The critics shunned acclaimed arthouse movies from China (The Assassin), Iran (Taxi) and Hungary (Son of Saul) in favour of a Hollywood-produced, Australia-based action movie that begins with a man eating a lizard.
Responding to the news, Miller claimed, “you could have knocked me over with a feather! It’s lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way“. Now that film critics worldwide have proved to be in touch with the tastes of the general public, they are now very likely to return to hating on that film you love. George Miller is planning to make a fifth Mad Max movie, provisionally titled The Wasteland, as well as a DC movie in one way or another.