It’s not often that fans are encouraged to bring tissues to an action blockbuster. But Furious 7 was a unique chapter in an ongoing muscle-car franchise, and the footage shown in the following video of the late Paul Walker had several passionate fans choking back sobs as they bid farewell to the late actor over the weekend.
The song "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, was composed for Furious 7, and features several lyrics about the journey taken by Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the cast over the past decade of Fast & Furious films. As we pointed out earlier, the song accompanies the difficult scene that had to be added to the end of Furious 7 -- the scene that brings closure to to Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner.
Spoilers, from here on out, in case you haven’t seen Furious 7 and want to stop now.
The music in the above video accompanies scenes of Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese) and the crew on a beach, watching Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) frolic with their son. Knowing that another baby is on the way, Brian has agreed to retire from the criminal lifestyle. The gang knows this is where he belongs. But as Dom states, it’s never goodbye.
If you weren’t welling up yet, then the scene of Brian pulling up alongside Dom at an intersection, letting the partners race one last time, certainly had to have you grasping for a Kleenex, and the music from Wiz and Charlie Puth helped.
It’s incredibly smart for Universal (or Vin Diesel) to get this footage out to the fans as quickly as possible, because on the day after Furious 7 dominating the box office, all F&F diehards want to talk about is the film’s finale, and the way that the series sent Paul Walker off. Knowing that director James Wan had his hands tied by Paul Walker’s untimely death, this wrap was the best possible resolution for the actor, the character, and the franchise. Will it be the end of the road for the Fast movies? Unlikely, though if they decided to stop telling stories in this universe, I’m not sure many would complain.