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Theology of the body shop—Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

By Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 09, 2023 | In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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Animation director Timothy Reckart (The Star) joins Criteria to discuss his theory that the greatest action movie of recent years, Mad Max: Fury Road, is best viewed in light of Pope St. John Paul II’s theology of the body.

Themes of the discussion include:

  • The film’s depiction of a society based on use of persons as objects
  • How the story reverses the very mechanisms of that use and domination and transforms them into means of self-giving love
  • Storytelling through action rather than dialogue
  • How this apparently feminist film complicates an ideological reading
  • Complementarity rather than enmity between the sexes

Note: This discussion contains adult themes.

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is Director of Podcasts for and hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is the Director of Customer Relations for as well as the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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