@blaineg@kittykat9180@sammydog01 yup, some decent comic relief by his best friend with the hulk-mobile…the practice drift car, crashes and local commentary. Definitely not old dude, maybe mistakenly thinking of Vin there? I dunno, I thought it was great!
Those films are a test of your ability to suspend disbelief. My teenage brother insists on watching them on release, and at this point they are just a meta-commentary of the ridiculousness they promote.
The most interesting thing about the franchise to me is the diversity of the cast. I think they did a great job making a movie where people across different backgrounds can feel included or insert themselves in the universe.
I’m not really into them, but admit that I find them enjoyable somewhat on a “so bad it’s ‘good’” level, but definitely on a “this is completely fucking ridiculous, but Ima try to enjoy it in the moment” and “let’s count the cliches” level.
The first time I paid to see one was when a very good friend was in town while on sabbatical and we did kind of an informal “progressive dinner”, which included small courses of favorite specific items at maybe three different restaurants, and lots of good talk. He’s an artist and has off and on led various artists’ consortia, so we’d seen some decent flicks together and discussed others from a very meaning and form and even spiritual perspective. He was in the mood to see something shitty as, yaknow, part of his sabbatical from being too serious about shit, especially art and media. He may never have seen any of the franchise and suggested it (I believe Four was in theaters at the time).
Whichever iteration it was was utterly silly. But we laughed, enjoyed the explosions and the implausibility, etc. A good time was definitely had. And Vin and the fam were admittedly part of it, even as our laughingstock. It wasn’t all mockery. I think we found bits to appreciate.
That might be why I don’t completely hate the movies–because of that memory. I highly recommend–not the movies, but if you’re going to see the movies, see them in that context.