Driving fast down the highway dodging through traffic or racing your friends down a quarter mile road, it is safe to say, it has ran through everyone’s mind before. For those who are or have done it before understands the rush of doing that and for those who haven’t have wondered what it’s like. That’s where the Fast and The Furious franchise comes into play. They have heightened this drive (no pun intended) for everyone to enjoy and feel as though they are in the car with the actors. This underground world has emerged and gotten glorified by the masses. This franchise has increased the urge to look into and/or partake in the culture.
The racing world consists of two forms, legal and illegal, which the movie thrives on mostly. Legal races, in America, are held by the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) and the IHRA (International Hot Rod Association). These associations have designated areas that are just for them to perform these races. Then there are the illegal races that are not backed by any associations but are held just for the thrill and glamour of the sport. It can be as small as two friends racing or a mob of people. Taking the illegal form of the racing is what sky rocketed the Fast franchise.
From Wikipedia, the Neo-Gramscian theory states: approach to the study of International Relations (IR) and the Global Political Economy (GPE) that explores the interface of ideas, institutions and material capabilities as they shape the specific contours of the state formation. The Fast franchise has done exactly that. They have repackaged the pure and grittiness of illegal racing and sold it right back to the public to be glorified (and glorified it is). Thus, bringing forth a new culture for the world to see and be apart of without actually being apart of it physically. This causes the world to be immersed in the action and allowing the franchise to be as big as it is.
The Fast Franchise has really become apart of pop culture because of numerous reasons. The fact that it was able to hone in on the pureness and integrity of illegal racing during the transitioning of becoming “mainstream” is a big one. They could have done it and have been criticized by the people who actually partake in that culture. Another big reason is the actors that they casted and the characters portrayed by the actors. The characters portrayed were very relatable to everyone in some way, whether it was Dom who is family oriented or Bryan who is trying to find himself. With these relatable characters people feel like they know them. Which brings me to the actors themselves, because people feel so attached the actors through their characters, when Paul Walker died it broke the hearts of many people. Some people stated that there shouldn’t be anymore Fast movies because it won’t be the same without him. This franchise has become apart of our lives that we would buy the collection, go to the movies on opening night, and even stand in long lines if needed to watch it.
This franchise has kept people on the edge of their seats, even after it seemed like they would be finished. The creators have proven that they have put a lot of though and planning into the franchise, not only in the screening but the writing. Everything about this franchise was done great. If you have not seen the last six of them, I highly recommend it before the seventh one comes out. Yes, I am a fan of the franchise and cannot wait to go see the last one on April 3rd.