Not too long ago the hallowed BBC released its list of the
best films of the 21st century, garnered from the opinions of 177
overwhelmingly American film critics, and like any supposedly definitive
ranking it generated its fair share of controversy and debate.
Considering we’re not even two whole decades into this
century, the Beeb’s list seems a tad premature and if we’re being really
pernickety, the 21st century technically began on January 1st,
2001 which would do away with a good number of the films featured. But more so
the list predictably threw up a fair few films that were on the receiving end
of an unworthy amount of fanatical praise.
So, in the spirit of contrarianism we’ve picked apart the
BBC’s list and mercilessly slagged off and slated the supposed classics of the 21st
century (and technically the very end of the 20th century too).
Prepare to see your favourite recent films crucified. Sorry (not sorry) in
15. Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller’s long-awaited Mad Max comeback hit screens
last year to rapturous praise, widely affirmed as the one of the greatest
action movies of all time and praised for its exhilarating visuals and
underlying messages of female empowerment.
But broodingly beautiful, barren wastelands and
post-apocalyptic steampunk aesthetics aside, for a film that’s hailed as
elevating the action genre to new heights, it doesn’t deviate too far from
standard action fare, seemingly favouring its stunning visuals over substantial
characters and plot.
And while it’s true that Fury Road does have some feminist
undertones in its focus on Charlize Theron’s Furiosa rather than Mad Max (which
hilariously irked many a men’s rights activist) and it’s far more progressive
than many films out there, it’s hardly the cinematic equivalent of Emily
Davison throwing herself into the path of a speeding horse in the name of