The Mad Max Remix
Rhubarb Rhubarb @ The Hive
10:45pm, Sun 7 Mar 2010
Let’s get one thing straight – I’m not a massive fan of the Mad Max series of films. I saw them all in my formative years, but hold no special attachment to them – there’s no reverence for their post-apocalyptic depictions.
I am, however, a massive fan of overdubbed productions: The Late Show‘s old Bargearse or The Olden Days series spring to mind as clear favourites, there. So when the opportunity to see a dubbed mix of Mad Max presented itself… well, I was there with bells on.
And so were a squillion other people – The Hive was packed. Pretty impressive for a late Sunday night show!
The hour-long performance was a medley of snippets from all three Mad Max series, wodged together and presented on a big screen, with the Rhubarb Rhubarb team sitting in full view of the crowd, checking their script, reading their lines, and performing backing music and sound effects. And it turned out to be pretty funny stuff; sure it was very much a dick-joke tour de force, but there were constant references to Mel Gibson’s Lethal Weapon movies, and the Tina Turner and Master Blaster bits were bloody brilliant.
Yes, The Mad Max Remix proved to be pretty simple, turn-your-brain-off humour… but sometimes that’s all that’s required. Enjoyable.