May 06, 2011

Haiku Revieu: Fast Five

Fast Five (***** for pure awesomeness)

The Rock and Vin D.
Bad guys who make it look good
Less fast cars, more plot

If you've been a reader of this blog for a while now, you know that I love (LOVE) the Fast and Furious franchise. (I even semi-enjoyed Tokyo Drift, which is saying something.) The fifth movie in the series was no exception; I think it's the best since the original.

Fast Five continues the franchise's move away from the street racing and more into the heist flick genre, but I don't mind that at all. Does this movie have a lot to offer in the way of thought-provoking plot? No. But it's a good, honest two hours of entertainment.

(Is it also the superheroes-assemble movie you've been waiting for?)

Love this EW article on the movie's opening weekend success, particularly:
Some will say that, in this period of economic and political malaise, moviegoers have been hankering for an old-fashioned cinematic fix of fast cars, beautiful people, big muscles, and bigger explosions, and that the combination of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, and all those badass hot rods was just too tempting a testosterone cocktail to pass up.

Look for a Thor haiku next week.


  1. I want to see it! Which is weird because I usually hate these kind of movies, but seeing the trailer at the theatre a couple weeks ago, I just had this urge to see it, and all the previous movies.
    I've watched the first 3, going to watch 4 tonight. Tokyo Drift was like "Fast & Furious: High School" meets Karate Kid (moves to Chine/Japan to learn from the master lol) And then I read in the trivia that it actually takes place AFTER the 4 & 5th movie because Han is in the fourth with Dom? So confusing. And stupid. But, I'll admit drifting is cool. Ha ha. The first two were just about who can drive really fast in a straight line, but in Tokyo they don't have any vacant streets to race on (I thought of that immediately: there's no room in Toyko it's like a billion people!), so they need their mad skillz to go crazy in parking garages. Ha ha ha.
    Surprisingly amusing movies. Plus, I find Vin Diesel fascinating. Something about his voice and mysteriously ethnicity and general big tough guy-ness.

  2. P.S. Just looking at the poster, I was like, Oh, look everybody's back for the 5th movie. And then I was really confused because Paul Walker's face does not look like him at all! I had to click to see it bigger and make sure it said "Paul Walker" because I know he's in it, but that looks like someone else in that picture! Or is it just me?

  3. Yeah, the continuity is weird. Because Han's car blows up in Tokyo Drift, but then he shows up in Four and Five (and possibly in the sixth one they're working on?) Perhaps they just wanted to pretend like TD never happened.

    And yes, it doesn't look like Paul Walker at all. I'm not sure if it's a weird photo/angle or a fake poster. I thought it was a real one ...

  4. i am NOT making fun of you, but i wanted to share this video with you:,20188/

    someone just randomly put it on my facebook wall!

  5. i've never seen any of these movies. can we still be friends?

  6. Rachel-Haha! Hilarious.

    Megan-OF COURSE! I know they're ridiculous and not everyone's cup of tea. :)