Fast X is the death of tuning

Fast X is the latest movie of the Fast and Furious saga, a landmark of car culture since the early 2000s and an icon for a generation of fans. But this movie and its inevitable sequel sanction also its slow and inexorable decline.For the past five chapters there has been an escalation in the complexity of the stunts performed by Dom's family, nothing new here. Foiling an attack attempt on the Vatican by intercepting a huge rolling bomb with Rocket League-worthy actions, towing helicopters through the air or even jumping from a burning dam: there is nothing the Toretto’s Dodge Charger cannot do.
We must admit that the automotive presence, thus extremely spectacularized, is pleasantly present throughout the duration of the movie. The most passionate fans will surely shine their eyes at the sight of the Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce put sideways by Han on the streets of Rome, the Pagani Huayra Tricolore, Deckard's McLaren Senna, Dante's Chevrolet Impala, or even the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Datsun 240Z meticulously tuned in the drag race in Rio de Janeiro.
This is where the problem comes out. We really appreciate the willingness to reintroduce street racing for about ten minutes of screen time. But It feels like a frivolous attempt to bring back an imagery now lost in cinemas. Fast X becomes almost a parody of itself, in a new ironic key. This is due to the introduction of the new villain, Dante Reyes, and his eccentric character, but also because of the overuse of CGI, even more so than in the ninth chapter. The saga now seems to be tending toward a new audience, becoming a metaphor for the decline and the constant change of the automotive customization scene. Early films contributed to the spread of tuning culture in the West: mechanically tuned cars from A to Z, with eye catching liveries and racing-inspired bodykits, such as the famous Skyline R34 or Supra we all know and love. Despite the inevitable technical inaccuracies, these elaborations have led generations of fans to want to replicate their features on their own cars.
In a world shifting more and more toward autonomous transportation, toward the concept of vehicle as a service, and toward a standardization of components, a person will no longer be able to "look under the hood" in search of a performance boost. At most, this can be achieved with a click on the on-board computer.It is clear that a Fast and Furious, a 2 Fast 2 Furious or a Tokyo Drift-like pictures no longer find a place in contemporary interest. These movies do not have sufficient appeal to find new enthusiasts, who are increasingly moving away from the world of tuning as we know it.This is not necessarily to be read as a bad thing, but the film leaves us with a melancholy feeling as soon as we leave the theater. We are aware of this slow but inexorable descent: only a strong passion can keep alive what is now an increasingly narrow niche.
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