First Reactions From 'The Fate of the Furious' Screenings - NECN

First Reactions From 'The Fate of the Furious' Screenings

The film received heaps of positive feedback following a surprise screening at CinemaCon

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    "Tonight Show" Celebrity Whispers

    Peggy Hess, Jimmy Fallon’s entertainment correspondent, reports what the stars are whispering to each other on the red carpet. (Published Thursday, June 11, 2015)

    "The Fate of the Furious" is in, and it's good according to first reactions to the upcoming film.

    Universal Pictures surprised CinemaCon audiences on Wednesday with an unannounced screening of the eighth film in the franchise and praise spread quickly on Twitter.

    The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford said it was perfection, while the trade publication's Aaron Couch said it is "exactly what you buy your ticket for," calling out Jason Statham's film-stealing sequences.

    Couch also noted that there are a few "so bad they're good moments" that the improbable franchise has become known for, including a particularly over-the-top sequence with a submarine.

    'Tonight': Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Finding Success

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Finding TODAY Success After Matt Lauer

    Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb talk about becoming the first female co-anchors in the history of NBC's "TODAY" show in the wake of Matt Lauer's departure, their first broadcast horror stories and heading to South Korea for the Olympics.

    (Published 6 hours ago)

    IMDB's Keith Simanton said director F. Gary Gray, a newcomer to the franchise fresh off of "Straight Outta Compton," is "up to the task.

    Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta wrote that it "takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level, but feels very different."

    And Steven Weintraub of Collider.com singled out Dwayne Johnson in particular who he called a "straight up superhero." Johnson, among other things, deadlifts concrete and coaches a girls soccer team.

    "The Fate of the Furious" reunites the Los Angeles street racers, including Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Nathalie Emmanuel, taking them to the streets of Cuba, New York, Berlin and to the frozen Russian landscape. Charlize Theron joins as a dreadlocked baddie with nuclear ambitions and Scott Eastwood teams up with Kurt Russell as an agent in training.

    Official reviews are embargoed until April 10 before it races into theaters on April 14.