19/01 Blu-Ray Watches: Missed the cinema annoyingly, so have settled for a newer bluray instead:
Re-Watched: Fast & Furious 8
Original Score: 6/10
Current Score: 6/10
The longest soap opera in cinema history, surely? Cars, family, mindless action, family, family, more cars, submarine, The Rock, family, ridiculous stunts...and family! And yet somehow people are engrossed by these, to a level where they feel obliged to watch the next chapter. Here we are, chapter eight of this long running franchise. Has anything changed? Not really. I was mildly entertained at the cinema, and remained captivated during my rewatch. There's just something about these characters, the way they interact with each other and bounce the banter back and forth. It's taken various chapters to flesh these characters out, and it's worked. They are the vital aspect to this franchise, without them...it would just be CGI rampaging cars driving through explosions in slow motion. Speaking of that, plenty of mind numbing action scenes here. The highlight has to be Dwayne Johnson gripping onto the side of a car whilst pushing a torpedo to the enemy vehicles...on ice. The man is a legend. The New York action set piece was the definition of silly, I mean remotely controlling hundreds of cars? Yeah...no. Charlize Theron needed more screen time to enhance her antagonistic demeanour. It's overlong and grows tiresome by the end, yet satisfyingly entertaining. If you hate the series already, you shouldn't be watching this. On the other hand if you like the previous entries, it's more of the same so I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Statham and Johnson's onscreen chemistry is enough to warrant another watch, the two were perfect together.
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