Movie Review: The Fate Of The Furious

Precautionary statements:
This review will contain major SPOILERS. If you don’t plan on watching the film, or if you are the kind who likes to know everything about a flick before watching it, then this is the review for you.

This review also will get rambly at parts, so stay with me. I have a lot to say about it.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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Yesterday, courtesy of my wonderful mum, I went to see The Fate of the Furious. I hadn’t been to theater since The Peanuts Movie, so I was pretty excited…but a little turned off by the previews, I might add. Seriously, it was a 3-2-1-1: three sensual movies all rated R, two beat-sheet action films, one really creepy horror film. Seriously, no one needs to see movies about playboys, mummies coming back to life, lifeguards who obviously aren’t doing their jobs, or anthromorphic apes fighting humans. Apes have the wrong anatomy to ride horses, anyways!

But there was one film I actually did want to see. How many days is it till Dunkirk comes out?! Look forward to a review for that this summer :).

After kind of being shell-shocked by all the evil previews, I was quite relieved that the film finally began. If you want a rundown on the plot, go Google it. 😛

I went into this film without having seen any of the previous films or a true action movie (National Treasure doesn’t count, does it?), so I was eager to see what would befall my adventure-loving spirit.

Content-wise, this movie is pretty good for PG-13. There is a good bit of swearing, but certainly less than Band of Brothers. I really don’t see that as a problem when the ones watching it know not to imitate, i.e, anyone over 13. Frequent uses of the “Big Five” swear words, plus a couple of British ones (we’ll get to that!). There is only one scene with racing party girls (you know, the one’s at the beginning and end of those car-racing games at the arcade), and it barely lasts thirty seconds. I was forewarned, and you can be too – look away when you see the first one. When you see an engine out of your peripherals, then you can look back.

Action. Sooooo much awweesommme acctionnn. I have a weak spot for things blowing up and big brawls and whatever, so I was really excited. Seriously, cars began to drive themselves. Seriously, whoever has a GPS in their car needs to tear it out. That’s terrifying to think that your car could be one of the ones that Cipher hacks to fly out of the parking garage onto the convoy carrying the nuclear football. Or one of the ones she controls to chase said convoy. And the part where they have Dom trapped in the grappling hooks? AWESOME. Until he hoses them and flips all their cars. 😥

The story of this started right after the movie started. There was no fiddling around waiting for something to happen. Seriously, Cipher was introduced in the third scene. But the previous two weren’t unimportant either – for someone who hadn’t been following these characters for seven movies, I liked Dom the minute I saw him. And when he agreed to race for his cousin’s (or was it his nephew’s?) car, I was like, “Yay! A race!” The Cuban N2O won after all. I would never have thought of throwing the car in reverse to avoid the rapidly flaming engine. He won, but threw the car into the ocean. And gave his cousin/nephew (I can’t remember which) his ’70s Impala. Wicked!

The characters of this film were the kind that you liked on sight. I loved Dom and Letty the moment they leaned over the engine, Luke Hobbs the minute I saw he was a family man, Deckerd the Brit the minute he began to trash talk. Well, my like for Deckerd may have been because he was British. And that he didn’t get riled up when Luke told him he was going to beat his blank like a Cherokee drum.

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Left to right – Deckerd, Rhodes, “Mr. Nobody”, Roman, Cipher, Dom, Letty, Tej, Ramsey, “Little Nobody” Eric, and Luke.

My personal favourite out of these characters was Letty. I loved to see a combat-boot-wearing, kick-your-rear kind of woman who’s not catty, who’s sensitive but not flowery, and believes in Dom no matter what everyone else says. She didn’t over-wear her makeup. She wasn’t a throw-in because the team needed a girl to make the sexist activists happy. She wasn’t an advocate of feminism (finally!) She was an honest-to-goodness good character, and her attitude toward the others was something that should have been modelled long ago.

Letty is on the team because she wants to help. She isn’t trying to “show everyone what girls can do” or “show the men that she’s just as good as they are”. In fact, she’s the one who supports Dom in everything he does. Even when the rest of the team is convinced that “Dominic Toretto’s gone rogue”, she still believes that he knows what he’s doing. Which pays off in the end, because he did sort of know what he was doing. It was when his son got involved that things got complicated. Whoa, spoilers. :P.

I have to say that my favourite scene was when Deckerd gets Baby Toretto, later named Brian, out of the plane. It is extremely funny.

I found out from my mom that the reason they named the baby Brian was to commemorate a cast member who died in a horrible car crash. That was a nice way to remember him without CGI (I was shocked to find out that you could do that!).

Some people say that this film is unrealistic, but hey, isn’t every movie? I really think this flick was fun, action-packed, and awesome. If you’re not touched by swearing, then I would suggest that any action-loving person go see it.

I’m sorry this was sort of scribbly, but with a movie as free-flowing as this one, I figured the review ought to be the same way.

Final verdict:

YEA!

(for good characters, non-stop action, and visual appropriateness. AND BRIAN TYLER DID THE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

{Tess}

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International Women’s Day

(NOTE: This short essay is not meant to be confrontational; this is just my musings on feminism, really. If you disagree with me, please be polite.)

Today is International Women’s Day, yet another “girl power” event that has left me chagrined as to the purpose of it. For years, people have been chasing after the bone-on-a-stick called “Gender Equality”. Yet what they don’t realise is that unless there is a change in their attitude, they’re never going to reach that goal. Let me explain.

Our society has made us think that women a minority, yet somehow, they have become more powerful than men. For example, Paw Patrol, the Nick Jr. TV show, was given several reviews like this one:

…However, my goodness, how on earth did a show get out of development that suffers from the Smurfette Principle on a major children’s network in 2013?? For a while, there was only one female pup: Skye. Now, she is pretty awesome. She can fly! She’s my 3 year-old boy’s favorite character. But in terms of gender equity, this show is stuck firmly in 1952. If you’re a boy, you can be anything you want, but if you’re a girl, you have to be the “pink one”. We know a lot of preschool girls who love this show too, and there is no reason on earth that any of the other pups couldn’t have been a girl. They added another girl pup in a later season, but she is a snow dog in what seems to be a southern California setting. I’m sure she’s really super useful and all, but come on. Couldn’t she at least have been a paramedic pup, which the crew is obviously missing? No doubt they will add another boy pup to do that job… Ugh.

Yet somehow, shows like My Little Pony, Barbie In The Dreamhouse, Doc McStuffins, and numerous others, have mostly and sometimes entirely female casts, but aren’t called sexist. And even when boys do exist in those shows, they are mostly: a) dates/crushes; b) dads; or c) random shopkeepers or staff.

I have also noticed that in the little boy TV shows, when they add a girl, she is light-years more likeable than when they add a boy into a little girl’s TV show. Take Ashima, from Thomas and Friends‘ newest movie, The Great Race.

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She’s motivated, polite, hard-working, and friendly (and actually sort of attractive for being a talking train). That’s a big contrast from Ken, who, as far as I know, is just there to give Barbie a date.

I think that if girls want to be equal with boys, let them be equal, not favoured because they’re girls.

Let me quote a spokesperson from HIT entertainment, who said this when he was confronted about the ratio of male engines to female engines in Thomas and Friends:

“Every engine has a job to do whether that’s hauling materials around the Island of Sodor or pulling passengers – gender is irrelevant.”

Or, translated: Everyone has a job to do, whether it’s a desk job or an active job – gender shouldn’t be a tool in the hands of the media to make a big pity party.

This is why I won’t be participating in any of the big festivities held on this day for women.

{Tess}