Movie #58 2020: The Fast & the Furious (2001)

After the masterpiece that is Portrait of a Lady on Fire, I am following up with yet another masterpiece: the first Fast & Furious movie. (Yes, I am kidding about the masterpiece part).

But anyway, after a batch of very serious, hard-hitting movies, it’s time for something fun.

Pretty much everyone is aware of this franchise due to the extreme popularity (and ever expanding sequels, prequels, and spin-offs) it has garnered, so I won’t go too much into the plot. However, I can say this: it is surprisingly well laid-out, and throws enough twists and turns at you to keep it interesting.

Despite being the clear inspiration behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, this is obviously not the best movie in the world. But you have to respect the phenomenon it became as a result. Not only did it give us late Hollywood heartthrob Paul Walker, but it gave us the walking legend that is Vin Diesel. It practically launched the careers of these actors, catapulting them into the eyes of the world. You have to give it that.

For what it’s worth, this is an extremely fun movie and to be honest, you don’t really need to have much of an interest in cars to enjoy it either. This movie is drama. There’s romance, adrenaline, high-octane arguments… It literally has the works. Once again, I’m not saying this is some sort of rival to Kramer vs. Kramer or even The Matrix, but let’s just say that The Fast & the Furious walked so Ford vs. Ferrari could run. That’s right. I said what I said.

I did cheat a little bit with this one, in all honesty. I’ve seen snippets of this movie previously, and the premise for this entire blog is to review movies I’ve never seen before. But ultimately I decided that I hadn’t seen enough of it for it to count as a ‘re-watch’. Now I’ve finally seen it from start to finish I’m not gonna lie, I’ve made a vow to watch the entire franchise.

Keep an eye out for my future Fast reviews if you want to see how they compare to this one!

The Fast & the Furious is available on Sky Cinema and NowTV.

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