I keep saying it time and time again, I wasn’t into the Fast and Furious franchise until The Fate of the Furious. Yeah, you diehard fans may have your favorite installment in the franchise but that was the first one that made me say, “Okay, this is pretty good.” And in the film, you have the lovable relationship between Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham.) Together, they make a fun experience as they talk cold smack to one another as they kick butt and save the world.
This is taken up a notch in Hobbs and Shaw as their lovable banter permeates the story in a really comedic and lovable way. But beyond the actual laugh-out-loud humor, this is a straight-up classic action movie with plenty of explosions, car chases, and lots and lots of hand-to-hand smackdown. Plus, you’ve got the cool heroes who you can’t help rooting for and the equally cool villain that brings everything into place.
Could the movie have been better? Definitely. The first three-fourths of the film are really engaging and fun but the last fourth seems as if the writers were trying to hurry up and finish the film. Even the directing feels sped up as the director speeds the camera on wide views of the characters in strange sweeping motions that can be a bit dizzying actually.
Nevertheless, this feels like a fun beginning to a new spinoff that could turn out to be more fun to watch than the actual Fast and Furious movies.
I’m giving this movie a solid 89 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. No, it wasn’t great but I’m glad I watched it. And…in ways, it’s better than I expected.
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