My Thoughts On… The Fast and the Furious

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A while ago I decided that my friend Hannah had to watch the Harry Potter films, because the chances of me persuading her to read the books are minimal, and I feel she needs at least a little bit of Harry in her life. As an exchange, we agreed that I would watch the Fast and Furious films, because she’s a big fan of them. Obviously she’s getting the better deal (right?); I’ve watched the first three in the the Fast and the Furious series, and here are my (somewhat vague, because again, I’m all behind) thoughts on the first.

Synopsis

Los Angeles police officer Brian O’Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie when he becomes enamoured with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • I have never really watched Vin Diesel in anything, and I’ve always just assumed I’m not really a fan of his acting (or his films). Having watched him in this, I’m still not much of a fan, I have to say. But let us not deny that he has nice arms.
  • Having since watched the next two films in the series, I have realised that there is always a race and a chase. The chase in this film, with the lorry driver shooting at the gang, was rather enjoyable.
  • I like Rick Yune. I know he’s a baddie here, and quite honestly I’ve never seen him in anything where he’s not the antagonist, but I still like watching him.
  • The actor who plays Vince, Matt Schulze, is fairly attractive. Vince himself is a total idiot, but the actor is nice to look at.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Paul Walker can’t act. I mean, it’s painful to watch him try. My friend Hannah agrees, but argues that he gets work because he is pretty. I can’t say I agree with that. And I don’t care how good looking someone is, if they act as badly as Paul Walker, they shouldn’t be making a living in the motion picture industry.
  • Michelle Rodriguez barely smiles throughout this entire film. She has a pretty smile, so it would be nice to see it sometimes.
  • There’s a slow motion bit at the end, where Brian is chasing Dom, and it’s just so corny and cheesy, and I hated every second of it.
  • The main problem with these films is that I have next to no interest in cars, so immediately there is a bit of a disconnect for me. I don’t get excited about a car’s speed, look, or sound, so I can’t quite summon up the enthusiasm that others have for the films. Especially when I don’t care an awful lot about the characters either.

In conclusion, I’d have to say that I didn’t hate this film as much as I thought I was going to. I had been assured that the first one was the best by people who don’t feel that six the Fast and the Furious films were necessary. I actually preferred the second one (post coming soon), to my surprise, though I will obviously hold off on picking a favourite until I have seen all six.

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