Flash Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious

SITTING on the sofa after a satisfying meal I was waiting for the punch line to the story that was being told to us. It was not because the story was exciting, though it was the 1st time I heard it some years ago, or that the storyteller always had an animated way of telling a tale; I actually had heard this story enough to be able to retell it without any coaching. The reason I was waiting for the ending of the story was so I could get up and go to the bathroom without appearing rude to the story teller or the other people sitting around. The first time I heard the story I remember how all of us were laughing hysterically; it really was a funny set of circumstances that happened to the story teller. However after hearing the same story again and again, it had lost its surprise and funniness. For my way of thinking once a funny story has been told it needs to go into retirement, put away on a shelf only to come out on special occasions as a reminder about a particular person or period of time.      THE retelling of jokes or stories only robs them of their uniqueness. After a time the listener you are trying to entertain is simply lulled into boredom. This reminds me of a person I know who does not fully grasp the art of joke telling. Every time they tell a joke they have to explain the portion of it that they find particularly amusing. This is never a good idea; if you have to explain a joke then it is not a joke. There have been times where I find myself sitting and listening to them and I immediately know anything I might find funny will be weighed down with this explaining thing that will make me cringe into wishing they would stop talking. Telling something over and over again is not exclusive to parties and family gatherings; it can be found in movie franchises.      FAMILY was the most important thing to Dom, played by Vin Diesel (The Pacifier, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk). Then why did he turn his back on them? Starring Jason Statham (The Expendables franchise, The Mechanic franchise) as Deckard, Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Hercules) as Hobbs and Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Cipher; the script for this action crime thriller was the weak link. The action scenes kept coming over and over, most connected by cheesy dialog. I will say the action was outrageous as the stunts were things the viewer has come to expect from this franchise. Another positive point about this movie was Charlize Theron; I found her acting to be above everyone else in the cast. After so many years with this franchise the writers needed to do something different in my opinion. I found some of the characters’ conversations were so typical of past films that I found myself becoming dazed and tired. Good thing there was always some over the top action scene ready to unfold right afterwards. This film franchise has had a long run but based on this installment it might be time for this group to take the exit ramp and take a rest. It might do wonders for them.

 

2 ½ stars  

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 17, 2017, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’ve only seen the third one, Tokyo Drift prior to this because I’ve always had a feeling that I never had to see them in order because it didn’t matter. That’s just me but I saw this one the other day and actually enjoyed it for what it was, I’d go so far as to give it a 3 – 3.5 because I haven’t seen any of the others really and I would probably agree with you after the fact of seeing the rest of them which is on the list of things to watch. I was entertained and really didn’t have to think so it was alright… plus theatre popcorn is a weakness of mine lol Cheers

    • Double score! Theater popcorn and you enjoyed the film; I am happy for you. I agree if you had seen all of them it might have been a different experience; but Charlize and the stunts were the brightest spots. Thanks for your comments.

  2. When films have the same dialogue along the same vein over and over does become cheesy plus we’re talking about aging actors. These are not young men, so why? I would like to think they would mature one day. Thanks for the review.

  3. I have not seen any of these movies and your review indicates I’m not missing out on much.

  4. Most action movie.wonderful.i rememberd d fast n furious because in dis film,mostly stars are belonged from fast n furious.m i right,dear.

  5. It’s a shame because I don’t have high hopes for this either. I know I’m going to end up watching it regardless but with fairly low expectations and simply enjoy it for what it is: mindless action.

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