It took 14 weeks, but Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ infectious hit has slid down the charts in favor of Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 contribution and Paul Walker tribute. Not that “Uptown Funk” is a bad choice, I actually like the song like the masses, but that 14 week reign is pretty impressive (and good for the 2nd longest run in Hot 100 chart history.)
I’m just happy that it was overtaken by the touching “See You Again” that I have grown a fan of since seeing it as the fitting background in Paul Walker’s tribute at the end of the film. The music video does the franchise justice as well, so ICYMI, watch the video to the new #1 song in the country below (AND, UPDATE: His performance of the song on Ellen.)
Furious 7 hit theatres this week and throughout all the high-octane action of Jason Statham vs. The Rock, Ronda Rousey vs. Michelle Rodriguez, and cars literally flying (twice), we were also watching the late Paul Walker’s last film, and in the franchise that made him so famous.
If you follow the cast outside of the movies at all, you’ll know that family is their big theme. They are the rare and diverse ensemble who genuinely feel like a family and their actions have showed it away from the film and it translated to the franchise’s most sentimental moments on the film (Furious 7 absolutely included.)
On the film as well, a lot of Furious fans were intrigued to see how they would handle Walker’s tragic passing for Brian O’Conner. They had filmed the majority of his scenes prior to his death and ended up using his brothers and CGI magic for certain scenes… like an ending that had everyone feeling the feels this weekend, myself included.
It was such a beautiful ending and send-off that honored Walker and still left our heads high about going forward with him. The song for this ending was Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again”. When the song dropped, I didn’t get swept up into it because of the hook, but I realized this weekend it registers a lot more powerfully when the visuals you imagined for it become real.
The song… specifically Wiz’s family lyrics AND Puth’s hook… was now so moving alongwith the tribute. I’m a fan today and will always associate it with the ending…. and now the all-new music video above.
Along the same vein, Wiz and Puth rap and sing with beautiful L.A. in the background and various scenes from Furious 7 and the movies before it are intermixed, primarily focused on Walker. The reason this music video didn’t drop til now is because some of the visuals above are in fact straight from the final scene.
So, if you know you’re going to see Furious 7 but haven’t yet, I would hold off so you see the ending in theatres in the appropriate order. If you have seen Furious 7 and likewise felt that ending, then watch up above… and relive the Furious 7 ending again.