I thought Max not being the central focus was brilliant. The whole story had a whole "This is what happens on a typical Wednesday in the far future apocalypse" feel to it. Having Max victimized by what he's gone through with his PTSD flashbacks was also a really brave decision I thought. Ultimately it all went to who Max has become as a character, he's not a cop anymore, he's not like a Stallone character quipping as they shotgun blast everyone away and get the girl at the end, no, dude's just trying to survive. It makes him much more interesting as a character to me. Sure he has his moments where the hero he wants to be shines through but he's damaged. He's not that different than Nux, life is cheap, his is just stronger, so he survives and doesn't so much leave a trail of mayhem in his wake as live through the mayhem thatt he world constantly goes through where others fall. He played a pivotal role in this story but it isn't his story, he's just passing through, because that's what he does these days. I thought it was wonderfully imagined and a logical and meaningful progression of the previous films.
And that silent cut looks incredible!!!