Bottom line: Furious 7 was what I expected and more; it’s fast-paced, action-packed, and a fulfilling potential ending to the saga (not to mention a tasteful send off to Paul Walker).
In the past months, one thing that’s really aided (or enabled, depending on who you ask) my relationship with The Fast and the Furious is the local theater, the Marcus Grand. They were doing a Fast and Furious marathon: every Wednesday leading up to Furious 7 each movie in the “saga” would be played at half-priced. How can you pass up that opportunity?
The build up was wonderful and, thankfully, Furious 7 actually lived up to the hype. Even if you haven’t seen the rest of the series, you’ll be able to pick up the plot. You‘ll be missing out on some referential jokes but you aren’t missing much.
Furious 7 is one of those movies that isn’t trying to hide anything. You know what you’re going to get: fancy cars, big explosions, fight scenes, colorful villains, and butts.
By this point, the cast has stabilized and we’ve developed a relationship with them. There isn’t that much character development in this movie but that’s ok. The premise is essentially: there is a bad guy (Statham) and the good guys have to stop the bad guy.
The explosions and fights are over the top in a way that fits in with the franchise. In another movie in the franchise, Vin Diesel is on the hood of a speeding car (which he is managing to drive). He speeds into the median launching him over the gap between the highway lanes, a highway that runs high above a rocky coastline, onto a tank. That’s the type of stuff Fast and the Furious has to offer. In this case, as you may have seen from the trailer, Diesel jumps a sports car from one skyscraper to another.
Initially I was repulsed by the franchise. There are so many lingering shots of body parts; I won’t even say objectified women. These body parts act as cars which men drive, trophies for winning a race, or accessories to cars. In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Eva Mendes gets into Paul Walker’s car to which his companion complains, “Why she get to ride with you?” To which Mendes responds, “Cause you get the convertible.” So a woman is equivalent to the roof of a car…
It wasn’t until maybe the second or third time I saw Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift until the franchise started to grow on me. I saw it a couple times with friends as jokes. It baffled me that they kept coming out with them. I think was morbid curiosity that drew me to the theater to see them as they came out and, over time, I have a fondness for them. The franchise has a special place in my heart next to Tom Cruise and Nicholas Cage.
Anyway, I still haven’t quite worked out my feelings about all this. I mean, sure the franchise is more self-aware, especially in Furious 7 but does that make a lot of this excusable? Just because you know your being problematic, does that make it ok because you might be doing it on purpose?
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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Furious 7. I’d be down for watching it again, actually. No, scratch that – I will be watching it again. I’m not going to give it higher than a 3/4 because it’s a cheesy action movie but as far as cheesy action movies go, especially when you go in with the right attitude, Furious 7 is solid.
Have you seen Furious 7? Are you a fan of the series? Please leave a comment if you like!