Tuesday, May 9

Haiku Revieu | The Fate of the Furious

Tuesday, May 9
The Fate of the Furious
★★★★½

Dominic goes rogue
It's all about family
Cars v. submarine



When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.



Y'all know how I feel about the Fast and Furious franchise, so it should come as no surprise that I've been excited about The Fate of the Furious since the credits rolled for Furious 7. (After a moment of silence for Paul Walker, natch.) I can't get enough of these ridiculous movies—or the crazy band of characters they bring to the big screen.

I was a little nervous after watching the trailers and seeing Dom "turn on" his family, but it's important to have faith that the people behind the movies know what they're doing. And without getting too spoilery, it all turned out OK in the end.

Charlize Theron was a welcome addition to the cast, even if she did sport a seriously questionable wig throughout the film. She's a delightful villain, and I loved seeing her walk that fine line between too over the top and not ridiculous enough. (I mean, these movies aren't exactly about the nuanced performances, but there's certainly a level of taking things too far.) It was also awesome to have Jason Statham back as Deckard Shaw, and to learn more about his character's backstory. Something I particularly love about this franchise is how well they take flat characters and make them multi-faceted. (In related news: There's talk about a spin-off series starring Statham and The Rock's character, Luke Hobbs. I am SO HERE FOR IT.)

Also: Helen Mirren is a GIFT. But that'll all I'll say about her role.

Plot-wise, there have definitely been better Fast and Furious movies. The whole "betrayal" trope is overdone and obvious, but that's not to say that the movie didn't have some surprises. And the action scenes—which, lets be honest, are the main reason these movies are so amazing—didn't disappoint. Statham, however, absolutely stole the show. His scene with [REDACTED] had me grinning from ear to ear.

I can't wait to see how F9 tops this one.

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