Furious 7 opens in theaters nationwide today, and one critic had an interesting way of praising the film.
In his opening statement, Willie Waffle of DCW50 started his review by targeting the female demographic in a joking way.
“‘Furious 7’ has so much adrenaline and testosterone that women who see the movie could become pregnant.”
Waffle went on to explain how the action scenes make the film a lot of fun to watch.
“It is an action extravaganza in every sense of the phrase as [the filmmakers] push the envelope further, faster and more furious than you can ever remember.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Furious 7 star Vin Diesel praised the latest film in the franchise and said it should win the Oscar for Best Picture. Waffle noted that he found the film to be “visually stunning,” but it is not worthy of a Best Picture win due to a weak script.
“‘Furious 7’ feels like two ideas slapped together. We have the whole vengeance plot as Shaw and Dom each try to knock the other one off, but it doesn’t get enough attention and development to be anything special.”
Waffle concluded that the film does have a “heartfelt” tribute to the late Paul Walker.
For Furious 7, the filmmakers decided to use Paul Walker’s brothers for completion of the late actor’s scenes, and they also sought out Peter Jackson’s WETA for a digital recreation. Gary Wolcott of the Tri-City Herald noted that it’s one of the reasons that makes Furious 7 “hard to watch.”
“It’s painful to be reminded in scene after scene of the loss of the charismatic and quite talented Paul Walker. The filming was half done when Walker died, so many of his scenes were completed by his brothers Caleb and Cody and via the use of CGI. So he’s not missed in that sense, and the plot has continuity.”
Despite its flaws, Wolcott did give the film a positive rating, calling it a “guilty pleasure.”
“The stunts are terrific, and the movie is a blast. When it slows down, it’s really slow and boring.”
At the time of this post, Furious 7 stands at an 82 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 112 of the 136 reviews counted as positive. While most critics were okay with it being a fun, action flick, there are some who couldn’t get into it. One of those was the Arizona Republic’s Randy Cordova, who called the movie “bloated.”
“Big and numbingly loud, ‘Furious 7’ jets around the globe so we can watch cars crash, explode and repeatedly defy gravity. If that sounds like a great way to spend two hours and 17 minutes, read no more.”
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