Was Mad Max: Fury Road a feminist movie? I would have said no. The scene above illustrates something as old as time itself; the man protecting what are essentially damsels from predators.
My favorite scene in this film, the explosion at 2:19, is an allegory (intentional or otherwise) for men, deployed at a distance, at war, to protect women and resources in an area of safety. The man heads off into the distance, with fog blinding his vision and ability to see the real scope of the enemy, but he goes anyway. Because women cannot do this themselves.
So, in Mad Max: Fury Road, the females’ goose was cooked… were it not for Max Rockatansky. Rockatansky is a ‘shell of a man’, haunted by not saving his girls, only to find allure in assisting helpless women, who concede that their plan was the drizzling shits and follow the man’s direction.
Is this a feminist movie?