…A first. As a fashion focused/art/travel/ food kind of blog, I’ve rarely publish post outside of the lines; so this “F” is for a “first”. A first time film feature. It just so happens that there are a few more F Words involved. Yep-Fast and Furious, well in this case just Furious. Given that Furious 7 has been out for over a week now and not to mention the non-stop press around the action-packed film sequel; I have decided to give my 2 pennies worth as well.
Figures show that in just 10 days, the 7th film of the Fast and Furious Franchise has hit box office highs and already breaks the record; becoming the highest grossing sequel yet. This may be in Fast and Furious terms, but in general the movie has broken US Box Office records; bringing in over $143m in the opening weekend; making it the biggest April opening ever and 9th largest opening weekend of all times! On a global scale, the franchise can account for an additional $240.4m-making Furious 7 the 4th biggest worldwide launch; coming in behind 2 Harry Potter movies and Avengers Assemble. Bet you didn’t think Vin Diesel and his team would be so popular.
The movies itself was crazy. With cars falling out of the sky, driving off of cliffs and flying from penthouse apartments to neighbouring buildings-also by car; the 7th Fast and Furious movie, was full of unrealistic and over the top stunts. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the drama; because it created a sense of excitement and thrill. However, a lot of it was far beyond realistic. As the late Paul Walker states in the film; “Car’s don’t fly” -except unsurprisingly in this movie they did.
Despite Paul Walker’s tragic death half way through the filming of Furious 7, the directors and producers did an amazing job finishing the movie. Using 2 of Walker’s brothers and CGI editing, the show went on. So much so, that the change over in actors was extremely discrete; to the point it went unnoticed for many in the audience. I knew one of Walkers’ brothers had filled in and shot the remainder of the film, however I was awaiting the change over throughout the entire screening; not realising he was replaced about half way through. With this said, Paul Walker’s exit was also done very tastefully. Rather than killing off the beloved character, the role of Brian O’conner was “retired”. As the only one with a wife and kids, his character had no place in any further epic adventures or daredevil missions. At the end, we see O’conner playing with his family on the beach, while Dominic Toretto and his team watch on, talking amongst themselves about O’conner’s place “at home”. This also relates to Paul Walker and his place in resting. The end was emotional and had me welling up as the Wiz Khalifa (ft Charlie Puth) song; See You Again, plays and a tribute to Paul Walker ends the film. Before reading “For Paul”, we see Paul Walker’s character from the very first film right through to the 7th one. The song itself is also quite emotional; if you haven’t heard it yet, do take a listen-better yet, watch the music video.
I have to say, this was what made the movie for me. Regardless of all the unrealistic action that had me thinking “yeah right”, the beautiful tribute that ended the film, made it all worth it. RIP Paul Walker.