Movie Review: Furious 7

Furious-7

Judging from the box office numbers (read: $$$$$), I am the last person to see this movie. I saw it last weekend and it was everything and more than I expected. I’ve had my share of celebrity crushes with the latest being Paul Walker. When I heard about his death, I was really saddened. It seemed unreal. So, it was really hard for me to see this latest film of the Fast & Furious franchise knowing it was his last. I’m so glad I finally did see Furious 7 because I feel like the cast and crew did a great job with finishing the movie for Paul.

I have been a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise since the beginning. I love the cast and the action. Most of the regular members are in Furious 7 and they did not disappoint. There is racing (obvi), flying cars and lots of ass-kicking. There is drama, comedy and all-around furious action. Basically, there is a bit of everything for everyone in this film. Including tears. Oh, there were tears. I knew they would come and pretty intensely.

Here’s the thing, we all know how Paul’s life ends. I will not be spoiling it for anyone, but I think the ending for Brian was appropriate. You can tell there was a lot of love between the real-life actors and their film alter egos (Vin Diesel named his daughter after Paul). If you are a fan of the Furious franchise, you will not disappointed. If this is your first Furious movie, you will not be disappointed if your intent is to be entertained. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and look forward to the next installment.

Are you a Fast & Furious fan? Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it?

Here are all the movies in the franchise if you feel like binge-watching:

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{The Fast & the Furious – 2001}

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{2 Fast 2 Furious – 2003}

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{The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift – 2006}

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{Fast & Furious – 2009}

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{Fast Five – 2011}

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{Fast & Furious 6 – 2013}

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{Furious 7 – 2015}

{All photos via IMDB}

Movie Review: The Skeleton Twins

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I watched The Skeleton Twins recently and would really recommend it. It stars Kristin Wiig and Bill Heder, who each did a wonderful job with their characters. The movie touches on a subject that I feel we are still not open about (at least here in the US), mental illness and particularly, depression. There is a certain sense of shame and guilt that comes with this subject which I hope will change in the future.

If you didn’t know, Bill and Kristin are Saturday Night Live alums, so there are definitely moments of uproarious laughter. However, the subject matter is very serious and the actors play their roles with much depth and compassion. Because of this, it is easy to empathize with them.

There are many plots throughout (ranging from extra-marital affairs, unrequited love, sexual orientation and a dog named Marley ;)) and the payoffs come at the end. Bill and Kristin’s characters evolve and change throughout the movie. They realize that, after being apart for 10 years, they really do need each other and learn to face their problems outside of trying to end their lives. Their relationship is strengthened by helping each other through their weaknesses. It was a very touching movie with great performances.

Have you seen The Skeleton Twins? What did you think of it? Are you from a different country? If so, is there a stigma where you come from when it comes to mental illness or is it openly discussed?

*Photo via IMDB*