A Spoiler- Free Review of F8: The Fate of the Furious

First of all, I am not a Fast and the Furious fan, not in the slightest. The only one I have ever watched was Furious 7 on HBO and I didn’t like it at all. The action was cheesy, the story was awfully cliche, I could literally figure out what was going to happen before it happened. So, in the middle of the night a few weeks ago, I happened to be bored and hungry for a new movie and so I decided to watch The Fate of the Furious simply because I had heard a lot of great things about it and I wanted to see if it was as good as people said it was.

So, through the first thirty minutes or so I was watching the movie thinking that Furious 8 was like every other Furious film and would eventually get really stale and chessy. And then, as the movie kept progressing it started getting better and better and better until I couldn’t tear my eyeballs from the screen, that’s how good it was.

The action was mind-blowing. So incredible in fact, that all I could keep thinking in my head was, “This would’ve been so awesome in IMAX.” The story was surprisingly cohesive and led to an awesome finale that had me pumping my hand in the air for the good guys. The humor was impeccable. I laughed so many times throughout this movie. And the film did produce a slight teariness from me during two parts of the movie.

And the characters were absolutely, 100%, perfect. Charlize Theron did a great job as the elusive villain, Cipher. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a villain in a movie that I’m actually scared of but her role in the movie was so terribly evil that, yes, I found her quite frightening.

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There was Vin Diesel’s character (oops, I forgot his name) who was just as great. He wasn’t corny like he was in the other films. In this movie I could really get into his character and I could totally get behind what he was fighting for.

And then there was the rest of the crew and I loved them all.

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What I love most about these Fast and Furious films is that there’s a diverse range of characters who are ready to save the world, one car at a time. In this day and age, diversity is being celebrated even more through entertainment (shout out to the Emmys last night) and it’s truly nice watching a movie where you not only have fun characters you can get behind, but individuals that look like you and sound like you as well.

Another great thing was I had only a vague idea about who the characters were in the film thanks to Furious 7 but the movie was so good I was able to catch up fast. Now I wasn’t able to get some of the jokes that were hinting towards scenarios in other films but it didn’t even matter. That’s how you know a film is legitmately worth watching.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I came away from Furious 8 as a Fast and Furious fan. When the next one comes out (and there definitely will be another one) I am going to be in line with everyone else at the ticket booth to see it because now I understand what the hype is about these movies and I’m excited for the next installment in the ever growing franchise.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed and I thank you for reading this review. Until next time have a wonderful day.

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