It’s kind of weird to think just how big the Fast and Furious franchise has got at this point.
What started as a rinky-dink little movie about stolen DVD players has somehow grown into one of the largest movie franchises in the world – one that’s defined by its ridiculous car-based stunts, and one of the most emotional scenes in cinematic history.
No, you’re crying. Shut up.
One thing the franchise isn’t known for, though, is meaningful conversations between female characters. Sure, there are a lot of women in these movies in supporting roles, but they always end up playing second-fiddle to the main drama that centers around the men of the series.
Michelle Rodriquez, who plays Letty Ortiz in the franchise, is done with all this nonsense. In a recent Instagram post, she expressed her displeasure with the writing on the series, and threatened to walk away entirely if these issues aren’t addressed.
You know what? Michelle Rodriguez is right!
Quite aside from anything else, it’s bizarre that in this era, movies are still primarily telling stories about men, with an entire half of the planet’s population feeling alienated by these kinds of big-budget action films.
There’s a weird fallacy bouncing around Hollywood that women don’t like action movies. What’s really going on is that women don’t feel represented in these stories, and as such, it’s a harder sell to get more diverse audiences into movie theaters.
There’s a lot of opportunities for the various characters in the Fast and Furious franchise to interact more with each other. For a series of films purportedly about family, it’s weird that so many of the female characters barely even speak to each other.
Character-driven stories have the potential to appeal to all people, and it’s great that Michelle Rodriguez is willing to stand up and fight for changes that will only serve to make the Fast and Furious movies more enjoyable.
It’s debatable as to whether or not this will work, but be aware that if Rodriguez does leave the franchise in the near future, it’s out of frustration that her bosses don’t want to make these movies the best that they can be.