After being delayed for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, F9, the latest entry in “The Fast Saga” has finally hit theatres.
Our local theatre in Stettler brought the movie in for four showings, and a buddy and I went for it’s last night.
As any of you who follow my blog know, I’ve been a fan of the Fast and the Furious series of movies for years. To say that I’ve been looking forward to this show is an understatement, though I will admit going into this one, I had no idea what to expect.
Without venturing into spoiler territory, I will just talk about things that are obvious from the trailer that I wasn’t so sure about. The first thing that jumped out at me is the antagonist in this movie was Jakob Toretto, Dom’s brother, played by John Cena. The second thing that jumped out at me is that Han is alive.
Looking at Dominic’s brother first, I really questioned how a series that is as much about family as it proclaims to be could give the main protagonist a brother that has never even been mentioned in the eight previous movies. I was really unsure with how they would connect the pieces in such a way that it didn’t feel forced. To my surprise, they managed it quite well, and in explaining it delved deeply into Dom’s past as well, explaining how he ended up at his start in the first movie.
The second thing that I was unsure about going into the film is how Han was still alive. His death was a major plot point in the Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift, and then was used to connect that movie with the rest of the series by using it as a hook to introduce Deckard Shaw, the antagonist in the seventh film. The story explaining how he was still alive is definitely weaker than the introduction of Jakob, however it still managed to be told in a way that made some sense, at least in as much sense as these movies make.
In a series where the dead don’t stay dead, it shouldn’t be surprising that Han lived. I just wish they wouldn’t have spoiled his return by featuring it as prominently as they did in the movie trailer.
While not the strongest movie in the series, it is definitely not the weakest either. I’d say it comes in somewhere in the top half though. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and with the scrapes the characters get into, and survive, they are getting more James Bond like all the time.
Still, fans of the series shouldn’t find any reason not to like this movie. It’s fun, with characters who continue to grow. Yes, some sections of the movie are over the top, but let’s face it, if you are watching a Fast Saga movie, you shouldn’t be expecting high art.
Overall, I would give the movie 4/5. It is a fun way to kill a couple hours.