Asking me to pick the best “Fast and Furious” flick is like forcing me to choose my favorite band. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and each entry delivers precisely what viewers expect: fast cars, hot women, and a whole lot of bromance. If I had to choose, I’d say the best of the bunch is “Fast Five,” better known as “the one with the vault.” Here, the stunning set pieces, well-staged action, and performances all mesh perfectly, resulting in an endlessly watchable, high-octane thrill ride.
Everyone, including Walker, has grown tremendously over the years. While the man’s acting was never in the realm of, say, Marlon Brando, Walker still fits the role of Brian O’Conner like a glove, and his attempts to win over Dom’s admiration remain the best running gag in the series. Brian was always the supporting character, but he also functions as the beating heart of the franchise. Without him, you get, well, “The Fate of the Furious,” which was just, ah, not as good.
Toss in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a — checks notes — Diplomatic Security Service agent, a terrific supporting cast consisting of the usual suspects — Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Sung Kang — and one of the better finales in the franchise, and you have yourself one helluva ride. So sit back and enjoy the show, folks.