The 47 Best Movies Of 2023 So Far

Look, we all know the “Fast and Furious” films have not been the same without Paul Walker. But for my money, “Fast X,” the eleventh movie in this outrageous franchise, succeeds at capturing what makes these movies special in the post-Walker era. A globe-trotting adventure with totally insane action setpieces (driving down the face of a dam!), “Fast X” continues to expand the scope of these movies, inviting more and more cast members to play in its giant, explosion-filled sandbox. At the center of it all, as usual, is Vin Diesel, fully committed to playing things as seriously as humanly possible despite the inherent ridiculousness of what’s happening to Dominic Toretto and his extended family.

That’s all well and good, but the thing that really elevates this movie beyond just another fun, goofy “Fast” flick is Jason Momoa, who is totally let off the leash here and turns in one of the most bonkers performances of any mainstream action film in the past 20 years. As the flamboyant and over-the-top Dante, Momoa brings a completely new and unhinged energy to the “Fast” saga, licking blood off knives, painting the toenails of men he’s killed, and literally dancing his way through the frame on his way to blow things up or kill more people. This dude is having an absolute blast, and the character actually has a personal stake in the story, as well: He’s hunting down Dom for the death of his father, which happened way back in “Fast Five.” Bring on “Fast X: Part II.” (Ben Pearson)

Director: Louis Letterier

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Momoa, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, and dozens more

Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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