Fate of The Furious: Reviews from Critics

Posted 2017/04/10 2717 0

“The Fate of the Furious,” hits theaters on Friday. And the reviews are officially in, what are the critics saying about the movie?


With about five days to go before director F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious arrives in theaters, Universal Pictures has lifted the review embargo for the blockbuster, and so far the internet features opinions both disappointed and excited by movie number eight. Greg Wakeman, in general, enjoyed the ride of Fate, writing in his review:

The Fate Of The Furious doesn't quite reach the heights of previous installments, but it is still an exhilarating joy ride, and proof that the franchise continues to be the most thrilling and astounding in cinema.

In his review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman questions whether the move away from the franchise's street racing origins has ultimately been a positive thing, but also notes that the new adventures is still thrilling in its own right:

In the end, I'm not sure how I feel about our heroes being made into a pack of world-saving James Bonds, but what's clear is that there's probably no turning back. Most franchises, after eight films, are feeling a twinge of exhaustion, but this one has achieved a level of success --- and perpetual kinetic creative energy --- that's a testament to its commercial/cultural/demographic resonance.

While giving it a modest C- grade, David Ehrlich's review for Indiewire is far less kind to The Fate of the Furious. Many will agree that the franchise has a bit of a rocky history where quality is concerned, but Ehrlich calls it the worst movie that we've seen so far in the series, and says that it even goes as far as to undermine the key themes that have been hammered into audiences for 16 years:

"F8" is the worst of these films since "2 Fast 2 Furious," and it may be even worse than that. It's the "Die Another Day" of its franchise --- an empty, generic shell of its former self that disrespects its own proud heritage at every turn. How did the great F. Gary Gray, whose surprisingly strong remake of "The Italian Job" displayed a tremendous flair for comedic vehicular mayhem, waste the biggest budget of his career on such boring smash-ups? How did Diesel and co. manage to learn all of the wrong lessons from the last two movies, delivering an episode where everything feels so fake that even the "family" matters seem forced?

Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Leah Greenblatt isn't exactly effusive about the film, but does give it a passing grade. In particular, she praises the performances and contributions of both Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who were late additions to the franchises (arriving in Fast Five and Furious 7, respectively), but still wind up stealing the show from Vin Diesel and Co. In her Fate of the Furious review, she wrote:

Thankfully, it's frequently also much funnier and lighter on its feet than previous outings, and a lot of that credit goes to Statham and Johnson, whose love-hate bromance feels like the real core of the movie: Statham revels in his Cockney-you-wish-you'd-never-messed-with shtick, and Johnson is, as always, the human Humvee with a heart of gold: snapping handcuffs in half like breadsticks, bench-pressing cinder blocks for kicks, and lifting opponents by the scruff of the neck as if they were wayward kittens. (He's also super committed to his daughter's soccer team.)

The Fast and Furious franchise sped out of the gate in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious, a muscle car action thriller that powered the careers of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker and took in $144.5 million at the domestic box office. As Diesel bowed out of the next two Furious films to concentrate on other projects, the Furious films appeared to be a doomed franchise when third movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift earned a series low $62.5 million domestically in 2006.

Things quickly rebounded with Diesel’s return in Fast and Furious in 2009, and the series has been on the upswing ever since. The addition of such rising stars as Gal Gadot and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson helped turn the following Furious films into a billion-dollar franchise, culminating with the blockbuster success of Furious 7 in 2015. Earning $1.5 billion worldwide and $353 million domestically, the film was undoubtedly the most emotional Furious film to date as it was forced to confront the tragic loss of Walker. Stream all the Fast & Furious movies online for free here by simply clicking on the movies' names or scrolling down for the track list.

Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can't seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan, the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.