Sunday, April 24, 2011
Blast from the Past: Remembering "The Fast and the Furious" and "2 Fast 2 Furious"
As you all have marked on your calendars, this upcoming weekend will witness the release of the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious Franchise. But, before you watch that, let's remember what made the franchise so awesome in the first place (The Fast and the Furious). And, also, what made it so horrible (2 Fast 2 Furious). In order to prepare myself for the upcoming awesomeness, I re-watched the first two installments this past weekend. Let's remember them together.
"I live my life a quarter-mile at a time," bespoke the Vin Diesel. Words of wisdom and guidance overflow from The Fast and the Furious. This was, of course, Diesel's breakthrough film. The movie that turned him into a superstar. It was only a matter of time. Just look at the picture above. He's staring at you. Listen to his voice. You are now aware of Vin Diesel's awesomeness.
Diesel was a lot of what made the first one great. He yelled at people, acted tough, was cool, and even learned something in the end (I think). Also, he drove sweet cars. But there was more to the first one that just Diesel. The whole atmosphere of early 2000 Los Angeles street racing was pretty awesome. Ja Rule was also in this movie for some reason. Moreover, let's not forget the breakthrough performance of Michelle Rodriguez, who would go on to play a tough girl who dies in many other films (see http://www.cracked.com/funny-6301-michelle-rodriguez/).
What made the first one so awesome was completely absent from 2 Fast 2 Furious. First off, the name was retarded. Second, there was no Diesel of Michelle Rodriguez or Los Angeles. Instead, we got Paul Walker, Tyrese, and Cole Hauser. Mother of God. We also got a non-sensical plot taking place in Miami, the land where sequels are made (See, e.g., Bad Boys 2).
The first film is the defining film of your generation, whenever you were born. The second one is a beautiful example of how shitty Paul Walker is at acting.
There were also a couple of other Fast and Furious films after these two. Tokyo Drift was pretty forgettable and didn't resemble the previous two films in any way. Then, we had the blockbuster return of the franchise, along with Diesel, in Fast and Furious. It looks like Fast Five will be close to the latter than the former. But, with EVERY previous star of the franchise. We have Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, and even that Paul Walker guy. Oh yeah, also The Rock adding further awesomeness. Expect a review of that film forthcoming.
What are your thoughts on this amazing franchise? Let's hear them folks!