With fast cars, a charismatic cast, enjoyably absurd action sequences, and enough ever-expanding mythology to rival a soap opera, the Fast & Furious franchise
includes some of the most critic-proof movies in modern Hollywood — which makes the enthusiastic reviews that have greeted recent installments arguably even more impressive. The Fate of the Furious
adds an eighth chapter to the saga, and looks likely to extend the series’ Fresh streak; while some critics have turned up their noses at this chapter’s story, which finds fans’ beloved Dom (Vin Diesel) inexplicably in the clutches of a villainess (Charlize Theron
) hatching an evil plan with potentially global consequences, it’s the pedal-to-the-metal set pieces that are this franchise’s bread and butter — and on that front Fate
delivers, adding just enough bro-tastic repartee between the stars to make this one of the better-reviewed Furious
films. None of which is probably likely to sway your moviegoing decision either way, but if you’re in the audience this weekend, at least you know the critics had a good time too.