Continuing my program of watching old dumb action flicks: Fast & Furious 1 is a fairly straightforward cops-and-bad-guys story. It's amazing to think how it'll grow from this lowly start into crazy sci-fi spy hijinks in films to follow. #filmlipo
2 Fast 2 Furious: Basically part 1 again, but in Miami, with a highly flimsy and dumb plot. Bad guys not as charismatic. Lots of fun racing and stunt driving, but it can't turn this into a good film. Introduction of Roman is a plus, though. #filmlipo
Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift (a.k.a. 3 Fast 3 Furious): an oddball, but it works. First of four F&F films by Justin Lin, it parts from formula (and chronology) with an unfamiliar star, washi-thin Yakuza plot, and introduction of Han.
Tokyo forms an ultra-stylish backdrop, though our main guy's Nihongo is atrocious. Basically nothing important occurs apart from auto racing, anyway. Twin cross-country sprints (both with a girl as focus) act as intro and climax. #filmlipo
Fast & Furious 6: kind of a disappointing follow-up to Fast 5's highs. Trying way too hard to outdo 5, it just turns out gratuitous (but in a bad way). Absurd macguffins stand in for natural motivation. #filmlipo
Furious 7: Now it's basically a straight-up Bond flick (good action, too many gizmos), with Jason Statham as charismatic villain. Plus a touching "so long" to main actor Paul, who got in an actual IRL car crash. RIP. #filmlipo
F8, a.k.a. Fast & Furiosa. Too ludicrous for my liking. I'm hoping for a back-to-basics approach in any forthcoming outings. #filmlipo
@mbrubck it was amazing how much paul was in this film. rip