I enjoyed this movie. Mind you, I am a Fast and the Furious fan. I haven’t missed a single movie from the franchise. Although I am not a car guru, I appreciate great car races and action (I have a dad and a younger brother that are car junkies). Being the 8th one in the series, they had to add something bigger and badder – a freakin’ submarine.
The movie starts off in Cuba, where Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) were having their honeymoon. This is where he meets our antagonist, Cipher (Charlize Theron), and entices him back into the criminal life. She tells him to betray his family as it is part of his ‘fate’ and he can’t run away from it. Her manipulation led to him betraying Letty, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the rest of the crew.
The concept of ‘family’ is heavily focused on in The Fate of the Furious. The biggest twist in the movie relates to this and although there was a bit of foreshadowing, it still blew my mind. While the plot was not strong enough for my liking, the action overpowered it. Explosions galore, super fast cars and have I mentioned they go against a submarine?
I would have liked more from Charlize Theron as an antagonist. She was probably my biggest disappointment. Her cheesy lines made me cringe throughout the movie. Her acting and make up annoyed me. Her first appearance in the movie was so predictable, her script was so badly written but despite all these, her fake tan irritated me the most. I liked her sidekick better, Rhodes, as he triggered the feeling of hatred from me.
They upped the comedy in this one. Although the comedic components with Hobbs were forced, his bromance with Deckard (Jason Statham) was probably one of my favourite components of the movie. Every time Statham appeared on the screen, I felt giggly inside – maybe it was his clever banter with Hobbs or maybe it was his amazing fighting skills. Whatever it was, he overtook Letty as my favourite character. Letty was and is still a badass (body goals much). As usual, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris), had such natural banter, it made me crack up several times. Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) was a great addition to the crew. I would like the cameo appearances to be longer but that would defeat the purpose of them being cameos, wouldn’t it?
My top 3 scenes in the movie are the Toyshop, German prison and Russia. I won’t expand too much on it as I don’t want to spoil anything but the action scenes were top notch. If you are after realism, you might want to give this a miss. But you would watch F&F for the awesome cars and the explosions even if they are OTT (personally, I like that about the franchise).
It ticked the right boxes for me. Music – yes. Expensive cars – yes. Explosions – yes. Hot, bald and muscular guys – triple yes.
I would personally recommend this movie – as long as you don’t mind the cheesy antagonistic lines from Charlize Theron. You might also get annoyed that Han didn’t even get a mention in this film but Brian got a few (which I thought is a good tribute for Paul Walker). Watch it to find out the reason for Dom’s betrayal, the fast cars and Jason Statham’s martial arts skills. Oh don’t you want to know how they flippin’ went up against a submarine?