(Warning: Spoilers for the end of [Furious 7](movie:264263) lie ahead, so proceed with care!)
Today I saw Fast & Furious 7 - yep, after all the confusion about just what the heck the official title is, it says Fast & Furious 7 on the screen - and I have to say, it was absolutely brilliant.
The action is tight, the fight choreography is the best it's ever been and the stunts - W.O.W. It's been a while since I've seen a whole movie theater whoop and cheer during stunt scenes and FF7 delivered over and over again.
However, what made the movie really special was the love the Fast Family showed to its fallen hero, Paul Walker.
As a big fan, I was worried that the movie would suffer from 'patch-ups' - scenes using doubles (Paul Walker's brothers, in this case) to fix parts of the film that he'd been unable to complete - but this whole, big, loving movie was a smooth ride from start to finish.
In fact, it all worked so well, it's like they had some eerie premonition that Paul would leave us. Paul's character, Brian, is happy with his family, wife Mia (Jordana Brewster), little son Jack and a daughter on the way.
What do we see?
Obviously, it's beyond illegal to film in the cinema so I'll just have to describe the last part to you: Paul and Vin pull up alongside each other as if they're gonna start a street race. I love this reference to old school Fast & Furious - bringing back the iconic Dom vs. Brian street race.
This is intercut with flashes of Brian and Dom's friendship, their best bro-ments and times with the Fast Family all together.
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) says in the movie, "I don't have friends, I've got family" and Fast & Furious 7 stays true to this heartfelt statement throughout.
The road forks, and the pair go their separate ways. Paul Walker - driving a symbolically white car - speeds his way to a better place.
The screen cuts to black, reading only, "For Paul."