Many people feel that the Fast & Furious films are little more than glorified car ads, and they receive a lot of flack for being stupid.
The Fast and Furious Movies
Most of the 12 previous films in the franchise, including this most recent one, F9, share similar stories and narrative structures. However, they all have their own unique flavor. Whatever you think of it, the illogical twists aren’t as annoying as they are in other franchises, and the unending, completely impossible action is immensely entertaining.
Yes, watching a Fast & Furious film requires suspending disbelief and accepting what the franchise is all about: fast cars, fights, and, most importantly, family.
What is F9 about?
Is F9 all about that? Yep! We get a full smorgasbord of entertaining combat sequences and vehicle chases in its arguably too-long two-and-a-half-hour duration. We also get to stamp our cinematic passport and visit numerous locations — in F9, we visit Montequinto, London, Tokyo, Cologne, and other places — that nicely accompany vehicles racing at breakneck speeds and doing physics-defying feats, as we do in most of the Fast & Furious movies. The opening 30 minutes of the film make it apparent that science has no role in this film.
The premise of the film revolves around Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his younger brother Jakob (John Cena). They are attempting to overcome decades of bad blood. They are also attempting to grab a world-destroying weapon. The plot twists and turns as they follow each other across Europe. They even get to pick between a few of the big bad, including fan-favorite Cipher (Charlize Theron). Tyrese and Ludacris, who have been a part of the franchise for a long time, deliver countless laughs and a moment that is incredible.
The characters make fun of themselves and the series on many occasions, and this recognition goes a long way.
Isn’t the narrative a little lackluster?
The storyline is minor, as I stated before. It’s also a bit complicated, but it works because the film’s core message — that family is everything — comes through loud and clear. Because of the COVID-19 lockdowns and isolation, the family theme is extremely painful; witnessing the characters embrace and join together is unexpectedly emotional, despite the cheesiness.
Another aspect of the Fast & Furious franchise that is rarely acknowledged is its seamless multiculturalism. Fast & Furious films have sufficient representation, and women are not consigned to the background, at a time when studios are failing to satisfy even the simplest of standards.
Yes, there are cameo appearances by a number of people/characters you are unlikely to recognize. (There will be no hints!) Fans of the franchise will enjoy this special gift. The late Paul Walker’s role is scarcely mentioned this time around. But his presence is felt throughout the film. However, the film’s opening motor racing catastrophe has echoes of Walker’s terrible end.
So, what’s the end result?
The franchise’s theme of the value of family is ever-present beneath all the explosions, heart-pounding action, and snarky quips. It doesn’t matter if you’re related by blood or not. Those you love and hold near to you, even if they’re only friends you’ve met along the road, are just as essential as blood relations.
F9, as one of the first summer blockbusters, delivers on its promise of nonstop action. It’s amazing how good it feels to turn off your thoughts for a few hours.