I’ve now seen both Furious 7 and Age of Ultron. I like both of these movies, but I think I might actually like Furious 7 more. To be fair, my expectations were so startlingly low when I walked into Furious 7 that the movie had nowhere to go but up; even so, this supremely goofy movie successfully hit me in the feels when I hadn’t expected it, and I like that. It hit me in the feels partly for reasons outside of the movie itself, but it didn’t really matter in the end. It was still good.
On the topic of my low expectations, it seems that I’d forgotten what I learned with the previous movie in the series, 6 Fast 6 Furious, or whatever it was called. It turns out that I really enjoy the speed and enthusiasm of this fast-car soap-opera-with-guns. I still have some significant problems with it, from the omnipresent male gaze to the inconsistent outcomes of characters’ consistently dangerous shenanigans, but … somehow I still found it highly entertaining. Maybe I’ll be able to explain. Continue reading