Franchise Review – The Fast and the Furious (2001-2017) | 8 Films

If there is anything I learned from rewatching this franchise, it would be that (for the most part), the first half of the franchise really drags it down… for a multitude of reasons. It hadn’t quite gotten used to what it wanted to be yet. It had the characters, but they didn’t hold half the importance they do now, the plots were kind of unimportant and had more focus on cars being cool than it did about the family or a deep story that actually had much meaning. Even when the series got explosive in action, it still had some deep rooted ideals on the importance of family that acted as its glue.

It always sort of had an issue with writing and balance, but thankfully that’s not really the reason why you watched it. You watch it because it is a character-centric franchise. Everyone has a purpose for being there and the further the franchise gets, the deeper you care about them. That’s why I can’t exactly say forget about the first four films, because even though the series seriously gained its popularity from FAST FIVE on, it never forgets its roots, and constantly draws back to its early days. If you forgo the first four films, you’re missing a massive chunk of what the series is all about.

By Genre

Street-Racing/Crime [1-4] (71%)

  • People (65%)
    • Acting (50%)
    • Characters (75%)
    • Casting (63%)
    • Importance (63%)
    • Chemisty (75%)
  • Writing (50%)
    • Dialogue (50%)
    • Balance (50%)
    • Story (25%)
    • Originality (50%)
    • Interesting (75%)
  • BTS (75%)
    • Visuals (50%)
    • Cinematography (75%)
    • Editing (100%)
    • Advertising (100%)
    • Music & Sound (50%)
  • Narrative Arc (90%)
    • Introduction (88%)
    • Inciting Incident (88%)
    • Obstacles (100%)
    • Climax (100%)
    • Resolution (75%)
  • Entertainment (53%)
    • Rewatchability (50%)
    • Fun Experience (88%)
    • Impulse to Buy (25%)
    • Impulse to Talk (13%)
    • Sucks You In (88%)

Heist/International Spy [5-8] (88%)

  • People (95%)
    • Acting (75%)
    • Characters (100%)
    • Casting (100%)
    • Importance (100%)
    • Chemisty (100%)
  • Writing (68%)
    • Dialogue (63%)
    • Balance (38%)
    • Story (88%)
    • Originality (50%)
    • Interesting (100%)
  • BTS (83%)
    • Visuals (75%)
    • Cinematography (88%)
    • Editing (100%)
    • Advertising (100%)
    • Music & Sound (50%)
  • Narrative Arc (90%)
    • Introduction (88%)
    • Inciting Incident (88%)
    • Obstacles (100%)
    • Climax (100%)
    • Resolution (75%)
  • Entertainment (80%)
    • Rewatchability (88%)
    • Fun Experience (100%)
    • Impulse to Buy (75%)
    • Impulse to Talk (38%)
    • Sucks You In (100%)

As A Whole

The Fast and the Furious Franchise (79%)

  • People (80%)
    • Acting (63%)
    • Characters (88%)
    • Casting (81%)
    • Importance (81%)
    • Chemisty (88%)
  • Writing (59%)
    • Dialogue (56%)
    • Balance (44%)
    • Story (56%)
    • Originality (50%)
    • Interesting (88%)
  • BTS (79%)
    • Visuals (63%)
    • Cinematography (81%)
    • Editing (100%)
    • Advertising (100%)
    • Music & Sound (50%)
  • Narrative Arc (90%)
    • Introduction (88%)
    • Inciting Incident (88%)
    • Obstacles (100%)
    • Climax (100%)
    • Resolution (75%)
  • Entertainment (66%)
    • Rewatchability (69%)
    • Fun Experience (94%)
    • Impulse to Buy (50%)
    • Impulse to Talk (25%)
    • Sucks You In (94%)
  1. 94% – Fast & Furious 6
  2. 92% – Fast Five
  3. 87% – Furious 7
  4. 78% – Fate of the Furious
  5. 76% – Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  6. 75% – Fast and the Furious, The
  7. 72% – Fast & Furious
  8. 60% – 2 Fast 2 Furious

 

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