Moral of the story: Most men would rather kill themselves than be castrated.
Taken at face value, this is one man’s story. It’s watered down and void of the politics and socioeconomics that would give us a clearer picture of why these people are the way they are. It’s nice, albeit troublesome, that JD found his way out. Because truth be told, not everyone is in a position to pull themselves out the way he did. And that is the films biggest lie. The film sacrificed the bigger picture for a little inspiration. But like I said, this is ONE MAN’s story. Not everyone’s.
"Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige."
We need more movies like this. Before BIRDMAN I don't think I could have imagined a movie as original and poignant and so dead on. Ego, love, parenting, acting, critiquing, and relevance. This movie soars and raises the bar for future experiments.
"If you don't fix what's broken, you'll go insane."
Director George Miller has raised the bar so high it should piss off some of today's action film directors because now they'll have to put in more work just to keep up. The final chase is quite possibly the best action sequence ever filmed.
P.S. How awesome was the War Rig?