The reviews are in for the new instalment in the ‘Fast Saga’, and it’s been a bit of mixed bag so far.
While many love the Fast & Furious films, some have been upset at the series direction into further action territory whilst abandoning it’s racing roots. For those people, F9 will disappoint as the critic consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states, “F9 sends the franchise hurtling further over the top than ever, but director Justin Lin’s knack for preposterous set pieces keeps the action humming.”
People tend to love the “Family”, but this is apparent weak point in the film, according to Richard Lawson, writing for Vanity Fair,
“The chases and fight scenes are fun, if repetitive, and each member of the diverse and affable cast gets a little bit of business to do… But F9’s attempts at classical drama, all its reckoning with dynastic sin, do weigh the thing down quite a bit.”
Some critics were bemoaning the franchises longevity with Raphael Abraham for the Financial Times citing that, “Nine might just be one too many.” A sentiment that was echoed by Sarah Michelle Fetters writing for MovieFreak.com, “F9 takes the saga to a place that’s out of this world, and even that wasn’t enough to maintain my interest for all 145 minutes.”
Not every critic was negative about the film. Lewis Knight, writing for the Daily Mirror (UK), said that the film, “offers Fast & Furious fans exactly what they would expect but takes proceedings to even more outlandish, cheesy and amusing places than they have ever been before.” It seems if you dislike the idea of things getting bigger and cheesier, then the film will not be for you, but then again, those fans have already left the franchise.
One such critic seems to fall into that camp. Dan Murrell, from Dan Murrell Reviews, said that “Every Fast & Furious sequel seems to exist solely to make the previous film look less ridiculous and more plausible.”
Overall, critics seem to agree that this is definitely another Fast & Furious movie and if you’ve enjoyed the others, there doesn’t seem to be much reason why you wouldn’t like this one.
F9 is out now in Australian cinemas.