The "Fast & Furious" franchise has had its ups and downs for me. I enjoyed the first three films, but then I hated the fourth film. I didn't see the fifth film because of how much I hated the fourth, but I was forced to see the sixth, and it was okay. I ended up really liking the seventh, and the new one looked really intriguing, so I ended up going to see it on opening night.
Ultimately, what seemed intriguing in the trailer wasn't nearly as intriguing in the actual film. What seems to be a fresh twist is executed very plainly in the film. The film uses every predictable beat in the book in an attempt to justify the twist emotionally, and it just ends up feeling cheesy at times. In terms of writing, this film reverts from the semi-intelligent heist offerings of the previous film to a more simple film about racers who fight villains, like the sixth film. Even the villain isn't as good. Charlize Theron is a great actress that had the potential to be a great villain in this film, but her character wasn't well-developed. It is still very enjoyable, though, because of the chemistry between the characters and the comedic relief.
The cinematic elements of the film are also nowhere near as impressive as the predecessor. The cinematography is not awful, but it isn't great, putting the emphasis on objectification of women and violent action. I don't remember exactly, but I feel like the camerawork in this film was a lot simpler than that of "Furious 7". The prison breakout fight scene is really well-done, though, and the soundtrack is really well-chosen to make the film more rhythmic.
Overall, "The Fate of the Furious" was definitely very enjoyable, and there is definitely some good action, but after "Furious 7", the writing just isn't as intelligent, and the filmmaking just isn't as impressive.
The Fate of the Furious
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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