I made it all the way to the end of Furious 7 with no tears in sight, and then the final scene wrecked me. I’ve only seen two of the Fast and Furious films (tragedy, I know), but the tribute to Paul Walker still wrenched my heart out of my chest. These movies are so anchored in the values of family and friends, it’s hard to not feel torn apart by the loss of one of the group even if you haven’t grown up watching them.
I don’t know much about the franchise, but the closeness of the actors seems to be unrivaled, especially the friendship between Vin Diesel and Walker. The recent news of Diesel naming his newborn daughter Pauline after his friend and his emotional speech at the Furious 7 premiere made the tribute that much more touching.