In preparation for the newest movie in the franchise, “The Fate of The Furious,” Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson break down the good, the bad, and the evolution over the first seven movies. Anderson gives us a preview of what to expect from the new movie, and Ham makes an audacious defense of the third movie, “Tokyo Drift.”
“One of the themes that runs through the ‘Fast and Furious’ films is that this group of rag-tag, sometime law enforcement, sometime criminal allies, in this group are really a tight-knit family,” Ham said.
The unofficial beer of all the “Fast and Furious” movies has been Corona, and it has never been product placement. “It was meant to be character development,” Ham said. “The idea was: this was a very East L.A. movie and that was a beer that crossed a lot of cultural lines in that part of L.A., so it was meant to say this is part of who he is.”