Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never seen a Fast & Furious movie (outside of a couple of random clips here and there). While those that know about my interest in tuner cars would have thought these movies would be a natural fit, I had always just dismissed them as story-less wastes of time. But when Netflix added the first three movies to their roster and Tiffany was away for the weekend, I decided to give the first one, The Fast and The Furious, a watch.
To my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Don’t get me wrong, this movie wasn’t a high-art experience by any stretch of the imagination, but it was super fun with enough of a story to keep me engaged. And from that point, I was pretty much hooked. I binged the other two offerings on Netflix that same weekend and put in requests for the other four movies at the library (luckily they were all available).
When Tiffany returned home from her trip, I mentioned watching the first three Fast & Furious movies while she was gone and my plan to watch the rest. Quickly, she said that she’d like to join me in my race-car-themed movie journey as she had only watched a couple of them, but found the movies to be really fun. And once the discs arrived, we were off and running: tearing through viewings as fast we could!
Now, having just finished watching Furious 7 (the latest movie in the series), both Tiffany and I can truly call ourselves Fast & Furious fans! While bombastic with somewhat-unbelievable action at times, these films have a heart with entertaining characters that make you really care about them. And though I found all the movies to be fun spectacles of visual adrenaline, the Justin-Lin-directed films (Tokyo Drift through Fast & Furious 6) are especially compelling: weaving together a great story through-line from film to film while still creating distinct flavors to each one.
I can’t wait for the eighth installment to hit theaters next year!
For those who haven’t watched these movies yet and are in search of a little octane-fueled fun, I’d recommend watching them in this order (don’t leave out the post-credit scenes)…
- The Fast and The Furious
- 2 Fast 2 Furious Turbo-Charged Prelude
- 2 Fast 2 Furious
- Fast & Furious
- Fast 5
- Fast & Furious 6 (stop at the beginning of the credits)
- The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift
- Fast & Furious 6 (post-credit scene)
- Furious 7