The Fast And The Furious Franchise: How Has It Affected Car Enthusiasts And Car Culture?
One thing's for sure, the FnF franchise has made a big impact on car culture as we know it, but how? I'll be taking a look at all 8 movies to broaden the spectrum of influence.
Some people may have a problem with how Fast and Furious “glorifies” reckless driving and street racing; they aren’t entirely wrong however. I’m sure most of us here are guilty of driving quite enthusiastically after seeing an FnF film, potentially with the end result of a chat with a policeman on the side of the road.
The first few movies had cars that were modified in such a way that years later, we look back and wonder why we liked the way the cars were modifed in the first place. Many a petrolhead “riced” their cars inspired by the automobiles on the big screen.
Popularizing Japanese cars like the Toyota Supra and Skyline GT-R ended up being a double edged sword. The Fast and Furious franchise helped to bring these cars into the mainstream but also played a part in their selling prices skyrocketing. So, now the cars are liked by just about everyone but not too many can actually afford them.
There isn’t any other major film franchise that caters as much to car enthusiasts as Fast and Furious. Yes, Pixar’s Cars exists but that’s a children’s cartoon. While some fans of the franchise decry that the movies have turned into action movies, cars and street racing are still main components of the films.
Fast and Furious has helped to unveil Japanese car culture to enthusiasts worldwide who were otherwise clueless.
Overall, Fast and Furious has had a good impact on car enthusiasts and car culture. It has brought us together during the good times and the bad times. We know the most notable quotes from these movies by heart and will always remember Paul Walker, race in peace brother.