Furious 7 is having a ton of success among critics and fans alike. It is outperforming the previous movies and is getting set to have the 9th biggest opening of all time. I went to the movie Thursday and had a great time, but it seems not everyone liked it.
Chris Sawin, Houston Movie Examiner isn’t a fan of the movie, his scathing review,
“This franchise has always been about being outrageous or just flat out stupid and “Furious 7” somehow manages to out-dumb the six ridiculous films that came before it.”
“…Furious 7 thrives on attempting to make the impossible plausible. It is louder and crazier than the previous films, but crazy in a sense that is borderline mentally ill. Its brainless and senseless action is almost as offensive as its terrible jabs at humor. This sequel is without a doubt the most obnoxious film to hit theaters this year, but is guaranteed to make an unbelievably excessive amount of money due to its sleak, sexy, destructive, and action packed packaging.”
Currently at 82% on rotten tomatoes Wesley Morris from Grantland said,
“…physics are to the Fast & Furious movies what term limits are to dictators: something to be flouted. That transfer is but one of the dozen or so incidents in this movie that drop your jaw, steal your breath, and make you want to say “I do.”
You can spend a lifetime watching movies and see very little that approximates the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the stunt work in these films.
Does it strain plausibility that Letty could hold off the high-octane arm-and-leg work of Ronda Rousey and that Brian could go forearm-to-forearm with Tony Jaa twice and live to tell? It does, indeed. But that’s just part of the magic.”
Molly Eichel, Inquirer staff writer, described her experience,
“In Furious 7, the seventh film in the mega-popular car-racing, international-action series, the complications come in the form of plot. But as soon as we might begin to question how little sense it makes, we’re treated to an opulent party, epic hand-to-hand combat between two women in full-length ball gowns, and a car that flies through the air.
Furious 7 is layered in such a way that there’s actually quite a bit going on, but these plot points are really just excuses to set up the next action set pieces.”
Fast 7 is an entertaining movie start to finish. It has amazed me the overall acceptance of this movie among main stream America and the world. The super cars, the one-liners ,and the mind blowing action scenes are the reasons why I loved the first Fast and Furious and the reason that I love the last installment. I am just surprised that most critics are able to put the movie in proper context. They seemed to overlook the choppy storyline and overboard action scenes and enjoy the Furious 7 experience.
“I don’t have friends, I got family”, says Dom Toretto in the film. The history and chemistry of the franchise let’s the screenplay push this theme and make it believable. The most entertaining parts are when they are playing off one another. This gives the film more than just action, but some heart. Which brings us to the tribute given to Paul Walker.
“We don’t show up exclusively for the fast cars and explosions (of which there are many), either. As reiterated over (and over and over) again by each character, the Fast & Furious series is as much about family as it is about cars. And Furious 7 marks the end for one its family members: Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013 while filming was still going on.
Walker gets a farewell worthy of the series: overwrought, overly long, and exactly what we want.”
“Who would have thought that a series addicted to the high of movement could also summon a solemnity that leaves you moved?”
Even Chris Sawin wrote
“…the way that Walker and his character Brian O’Conner are honored in the film is both a blessing and a curse for the film. The final sequence in the film is the perfect way of sending off the character and is emotionally satisfying in every way. Even speaking as someone who isn’t a fan of the franchise, it’s incredibly sentimental.”
Many people wondered how Paul Walker’s death would impact the movie and how the filmmakers would deal with it. I think most agree that they did a fantastic job dealing with the tragedy. They were able to portray their own personal feelings of Paul the person, through their characters in the movie, it was fitting, emotional and genuine. None of us would prefer a Fast & Furious without Paul Walker, but because we don’t have a choice this was a perfect goodbye.