It won six Oscars and has been hailed as the greatest action film ever, but it is a miracle Mad Max: Fury Road ever made it to the screen...or that anybody survived the production. The story of this modern classic spanned nearly two decades of wild obstacles as visionary director George Miller tried to mount of the most difficult shoots in Hollywood history.
The most comprehensive look yet into the franchise’s crowning achievement ... A candid, sometimes contradictory, always compelling examination of the most unlikely big-budget cinematic triumph since Titanic ... Assembled from more than 130 interviews with “Fury Road’s” makers and notable admirers, Buchanan’s book is a chronicle of near-miraculous creative, diplomatic and financial perseverance on the part of co-writer/producer/director George Miller ... Buchanan’s vivid account of the project reads like an auteur filmmaker’s version of the Book of Job ... Buchanan’s book will give even Fury Road’s most ardent admirers new reasons to celebrate Miller & Co.’s singular achievement.
We don’t have to imagine what happened out there amid the sandstorms [on set], thanks to Blood, Sweat & Chrome, Kyle Buchanan’s deft and rollicking assembly of recollections by cast, crew, studio suits, and more ... Oral history is perfect for chronicling a film where the extreme is the norm ... Buchanan rounds up more curiosities and what-ifs.
Blood, Sweat & Chrome pulls away from clichés by tossing the keys to the filmmakers themselves. The pop culture reporter for The New York Times assembles scores of voices that rev up a narrative that will excite Mad Max fans specifically, and entertain film buffs generally, on how ideas are realized as epics ... Buchanan’s Blood, Sweat & Chrome succeeds largely at the level you choose.