Next screening? “F9” gets us BACK into theaters, baby!

The early reviews for the NINTH “Fast and the Furious” movie have been mostly upbeat.

As it’s opened in the rest of the world before its native North America, those are are easy-touch Australian and New Zealand critics. So the jury’s out until today. That’s when critics across this hemisphere will weigh in. We’re all seeing it at more of less the same time.

The movie’s already in the black before it opens in the US, as the Chinese market has taken in over $200 million, all by itself.

As audiences didn’t flock to “In the Heights” or “The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife” or anything other than “Kongzilla” and the only true blockbuster of 2021, “A Quiet Place Part 2,” there’s a lot riding on this movie really, truly, finally and once and for all “opening the theaters back up.”

No Disney, Apple, HBO or Netflix streaming option. Ya wanna see Vin, you need a big screen.

The only other time I can remember previews for critics being handled this way — everybody seeing the film at the same time, nationwide, was when Sony screened “The Da Vinci Code” at the same time as the Cannes premiere.

Every critic around the world hated it. And said so.

We in the US are just the BO icing on Universal’s Chrysler/Dodge product placement pictures. But here we go. Fingers crossed for “F9: The Fast Saga.”

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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