'Furiosa' First Reactions: A Stunning Powerhouse (But No 'Fury Road')  

George Miller's action-packed 'Mad Max 5' is garnering a lot of early plaudits.   

Here are the initial reactions to George Miller's next foray into the post-apocalyptic wasteland.  

The embargo on social media reactions to Furiosa, the highly anticipated prequel to 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road, has been lifted.  

This latest chapter stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Imperator Furiosa (replacing Charlize Theron) and Chris Hemsworth as a treacherous warlord in a plot set 15 years before the last film.  

Early social comments can differ from official critic assessments (usually more positive), and there will undoubtedly be many more to come.  

However, based on the initial batch released Monday evening, Furisoa is a visual stunner with "ferocious, wild, and unrelenting" action and a tale that "spans decades," with outstanding performances from both stars.  

Those who compared the film to Fury Road did so with some qualifications.   

Furisoa is in "a different gear" and "won't match Fury Road's splendor," which may "frustrate" some viewers.   

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