Movie Review Flashback: A Spoiler- Free Review of ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Ahead of the highly-anticipated Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham (which is set to come out August 2) here’s a look back at my review of the first Fast and Furious film that I actually legitimately like. Enjoy!

First of all, I am not a Fast and the Furious fan, not in the slightest. The only one I have ever remotely seen to a certain extent was Furious 7 on HBO and I didn’t like it at all. The action was cheesy, the story was awfully cliche, I mean, I could literally figure out what was going to happen before it happened. So, in the middle of the night in 2017, I happened to be bored and hungry for a new movie. So my dad and I decided to watch The Fate of the Furious simply because we had heard a lot of great things about it and I wanted to see if it was as good as people said it was.

So, through the first thirty minutes or so I was watching the movie thinking that Furious 8 was like every other Furious film and would eventually get really stale and cheesy. And then, as the movie kept progressing it started getting better and better and better until I couldn’t tear my eyeballs from the screen, that’s how surprisingly good it was.

The action was mind-blowing. So incredible in fact, that all I could keep thinking in my head was, “This would’ve been so awesome in IMAX.” The story was surprisingly cohesive and led to an awesome finale that had me pumping my hand in the air for the good guys. The humor was impeccable. I laughed so many times throughout this movie. And the film did produce a slight teariness from me during two parts of the movie.

And the characters were perfect. Charlize Theron did a great job as the elusive villain, Cipher. It had been a while since I’d seen a villain in a movie that I was actually scared of but her role in the movie was so terribly evil that, yes, I found her quite frightening.

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There was Vin Diesel’s Dom who was just as great. He wasn’t corny like he was in the other films. In this movie, I could really get into his character and I could totally get behind what he was fighting for.

And then there was the rest of the crew and I loved them all.

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What I love the most about these Fast and the Furious films is that there’s a diverse range of characters who are ready to save the world, one car at a time. In this day and age, diversity is being celebrated even more through entertainment and it’s truly nice watching a movie where you not only have fun characters you can get behind but individuals that look like and sound like you as well.

Another great thing about the film was that even though I had only a vague idea about who the characters were in the film thanks to Furious 7 the movie was so good I was able to catch up fast. Now I wasn’t able to get some of the jokes that were hinting towards scenarios in other films but it didn’t even matter. That’s how you know a film is legitimately worth watching.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I came away from Furious 8 as a Fast and the Furious fan. When the next one comes out (and there definitely will be another one) I am going to be in line with everyone else at the ticket booth to see it because now I understand what the hype is all about and I’m excited for the next installment in the ever-growing franchise.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

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