I felt it to be disappointingly middling. The actions scenes were (almost all) spectacularly executed, however I never expected to say this but the movie really lacks a central character, and I didn't expect to be saying this but I missed Brian more than expected. This may have been further impacted by Toretto going rogue and leaving the writing team struggling to find a 'good fit' for the main protagonist. They provided terrific one-liners to the Rock, Statham, and even Gibson, but never selected a captain to steer their drifting sub ship.
I also felt this was the film to finally jump the shark in terms of technobabble. The scenes in New York are extremely egregious in this manner. It felt like the writers had watched a handful of Mr. Robot episodes and figured it was enough to go on. The God's Eye was stupid in a "This isn't possible and they're fully aware so let's have fun with it" manner, whereas this felt like they were pulling straight from the news headlines (Ramsay said Anonymous wowsers ZOMG!!!!111). It's a stupid gripe to have considering Ludacris became a tech God over a week but eh - overkill is a thing. The majority of these moments yanked me from "HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER" levels of immersion to audible sighs from fellow cinema-goers.
I went to see the film in glorious IMAX with several friends who also loved the franchise and were ready to be blown away, and we all left with the same feeling - "eh". It might change in time but right now my personal list has it sitting at second-last place, ahead of 2 Fast.
SIDENOTE - Am I the only one disappointed that the Gaijin didn't make an appearance? Wasn't this the perfect time to introduce him. They went to the trouble of adding an extra scene with him and Vin in the last film, the time felt right to bring him in and it would have offered the writers a character for viewers to relate to.
@el_tajij: Ooooh the 8-bit bonus CD must be what Amazon JP is stocking too! Guess I'll be double dipping in that case. There's a small bit of justification to buying both the Japanese and English releases as there are modified tracks for each release - the justification of poor rationalisation to yourself that throwing even more money at Nier is the best decision.
@tuffalobuffalo: From my experience with PA and other Japanese stores cancellations are a nightmare sadly. In the case of PA they take payment for pre-orders straight away and are very hesitant to offer cancellations. Basically by the time I'd manage to get through their bullshit "no pre-order cancellation" claims the CD will have shipped :( Serves me right for giving PA another shot after bad experiences in the past. Ah well, if el_tajij's sources are right I'll be buying the English OST when it releases so it isn't the end of the world!
Loved it initially. Rabid fandom shoving it down other peoples necks (And more importantly, down streamers necks constantly) brought it down to "eh". I'd go as far to say that the fandom is worse than Dark Souls when it originally came out.