So there's only one major wide release hitting this weekend, but it's a big one, and it's one that I actually got to see last night: The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise; I used to not be a fan of these movies - the first one was ok, but I think the next few aren't so great. Once they abandoned street racing and became like crazy over the top action spy thrillers and heist films, that's when I came on board - Fast 5, 6, and 7 have been a total blast, so I was pretty excited for this, even though 7 was my favorite in the series and would have served as a good ending for the whole thing.
I don't think Fate of the Furious is as good as those three, but it pretty much delivers exactly what you want from this series, which is insane over-the-top action involving cars while characters throw around funny banter - I'm not sure it tops the insanity of Furious 7, which is basically a live-action cartoon. But Fate of the Furious features a scene where the bad guys hack all the cars in New York so thousands of driverless cars are speeding down the streets of New York City attacking a convoy like the zombies in World War Z - it is a sight to behold.

Anyway, the big thing surrounding this movie is that in this one, Vin Diesel's character Dom, the hero of this series, betrays his team and is working for the villain, who in this movie is played by Charlize Theron. And not only that, but the villain from the last movie, Jason Statham, has to work with the heroes to bring him in. The best scenes in this movie involve Jason Statham and The Rock, who are the best together and probably have the best action sequence in the movie with their prison breakout early on. Plus, these movies just keep adding the best actors to their ensemble. I already mentioned Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell is back from the last movie, and even Helen Mirren pops up in this one - plus the usual gang like Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez.

My favorite thing about the Fast and Furious movies is that if you just describe an individual scene from one of the movies to someone who's never seen them, they probably wouldn't believe you, because they would think that's too insane for any movie to pull off. Jumping the shark was the best thing that could have happened to this franchise, and I am so on board for whatever they end up doing, because they keep finding ways to top themselves. Will Fast and Furious 9 take place in outer space? Only time will tell. I'm Meat Sandwich and until next time, we'll Meat at the Movies.