What is the big deal about The Fast and the Furious (FF) franchise, anyway? Ticket collection since the first movie, The Fast and the Furious (2001) until Furious 7, has not dwindled (except for Tokyo Drift). In fact, they are increasing each time. At the local theaters at the moment is the 8th instalment of the FF franchise called ‘The Fate of The Furious’ (FF8).
Review of The Fate of the Furious has not been stellar, but that doesn’t stop fans from flooding the theaters.
The Fast and the Furious
As we all know, FF is about a team of super-talented people working together to complete their mission using super expensive vehicles and driving not just super fast, but also super dangerously. In FF8, you will literally be seeing cars raining down onto the road (spoiler alert!). And as is its tradition, the movie opened with fast cars and sexy young ladies.
If you’ve watched the FF8 trailers, you’ll know that Dominic Toretto aka Dom (Vin Diesel) has gone rogue. The question is – why has he betrayed his team? I’m not going into the history of the franchise because I bet lots of you out there are more knowledgeable, not just about all the previous movies but also about the cars featured in them and their capabilities. Dom has very strong beliefs in the importance of family, loyalty and camaraderie.
So why the change of heart?
Let’s talk about the actors. The usual suspects are Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Kurt Russell (gosh, he also appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy, now showing at local cinemas), Jason Statham and Nathalie Emmanuel.
New casts are Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, and I also spied Luke Evans (who performed surprisingly well as the detestable but gorgeous Gaston in Beauty & The Beast). The ensemble is very strong. The special appearance of Helen Mirren is especially delightful.
Go watch FF8!
It’s excitingly fast, with plenty of funny scripts and moments, and you’ll see how much Scott Eastwood resembles his famous father, Clint Eastwood. I especially like the almost-friendly banter between The Rock (Agent Hobbs) and Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw). Those guys have chemistry, seriously! Almost reminded me of the chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in ‘X-Men : First Class’ and Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in ‘Sherlock Homes‘.
There are also tonnes of cuteness (I’m referring in particular to an adorably cute bald guy here), too, which I don’t mind watching again. Have I mentioned the gorgeous, gorgeous, cars wrecked in this movie? In short, FF8 delivers in terms of action and visual.
I watched it during the first week, so the ticket was a bit pricier than usual. But if you watch The Fate of the Furious this week, the tickets should have normalized, I hope. Anyway, if you want to reminisce, you could re-watch previous instalments of The Fast and The Furious from the comfort of your home.
Will watching FF8 turn me into a DD (Dangerous Driver)
Let me say this – since I started driving almost 2 years ago, I have gradually increased my appreciation for cars and their different capabilities. What?!!! You may wonder – why has it taken me so long to get myself a driver’s permit? That is another story.
Previously, I see cars as merely one of the contraptions necessary if I needed to reach a destination more swiftly than walking or taking the bus. I had absolutely no interest in watching any FF movies, I only watched Pixar’s ‘Cars’ because my kids like it. Now that I drive, I understand how easy it is to unintentionally exceed the speed limit while driving on the highway. And the fact that different cars perform differently has not escaped me.
Perhaps that’s why last year, I watched PETROL The Series.
And this year, I watch FF8.
So far, I think as long as the roads are in the present horrible conditions and my car is still the same one, I will not turn into a DD, not overnight anyway.