Fast & Furious’ Worst Change Wasn’t The Action – It Was Dom Toretto
The Dom Toretto seen in Fast Five and subsequential movies is almost a superhero, in the sense that nothing can really defeat him. While that makes for a great action hero, one that can match The Rock’s Luke Hobbs or Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, it removes a lot from what made Toretto such an interesting character.
The Fast and the Furious and Fast & Furious saw a Toretto who did not always have the right answer to a problem, while more recent Fast and Furious have Vin Diesel’s character as the anchor that makes the team always succeed.
Not even in The Fate of the Furious or F9, in which Dom’s family was being used against him, were audiences able to see that flawed Dom from his first Fast and Furious appearances.
Fast and Furious has changed a lot since the first movie, but not always for the better. The bigger scope and the creative action sequences like F9’s space scene helped make Fast and Furious a box office champion,
and those scenes alone did not have a negative impact on the movies. The real problem is how some characters, mostly Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto, became perfect parodies of themselves and lost all of the interesting conflicts.