Mixed Reviews for Fast X: Jason Momoa's Impressive Portrayal as Villain, Vin Diesel Falls Short, Critics Say
- Posted on May 18, 2023
- By Navya Shrivastava
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With just a day until its release in India, Fast X, starring Vin Diesel, has already made its debut at The Space Cinema Roma Moderno in Rome on May 12. The film hit theaters in select
European regions on May 17 and is set to premiere in the United States and India on May 19.
As the film began to screen in certain locations, critics wasted no time in sharing their opinions. Fast X received a diverse range of reviews, with particular acclaim directed towards Jason Momoa's standout performance.
Following its release, a number of critics took to Twitter on Thursday to express their impressions of the film. Fast X, the newest addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, continues to emphasize the importance of family. However, it was Jason Momoa's portrayal of the villain that garnered the most praise from the majority of critics.
Variety's review of Fast X highlighted the impact of new director Louis Leterrier, stating that in this initial installment of an uncertain finale, the film struggles to find its direction as Vin Diesel and the cast grapple with the franchise's future. Peter Debruge, the reviewer associated with Variety, expressed his opinion on the matter, asserting, "Two more movies to conclude this franchise? That's excessive. It's already challenging enough that 'Fast X' is merely half of a story—an elaborate reunion of all the A-list characters introduced in the previous nine films (yes, all of them)—which progresses in fits and starts towards a cliffhanger."
In his review for the New York Post, Johnny Oleksinski described Fast X as "yet another mindless installment in the Fast and Furious franchise." Oleksinski emphasized the paradoxical nature of the film, directed by Louis Leterrier, stating, "Fast X is a film where everything and nothing seems to happen at the same time."
The reviewer pointed out that returning characters from previous films expect grand introductions, leaving the audience struggling to recall their significance. Past events are dredged up, assuming viewers possess perfect recollection. The plot is presented as both intricately woven and utterly nonsensical. Notably, Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron reprise their roles as the inconsequential criminals Queenie and Cipher. Additionally, Brie Larson, another Best Actress victor, joins the cast as Tess, aiding Letty during her Antarctic entrapment.
Critics widely praised Jason Momoa for his performance in Fast X. Ross Bonaime from Collider commended the film, specifically highlighting the captivating addition of the antagonist Dante, portrayed by Momoa. Bonaime stated, "The biggest, wildest, and most brilliant addition to Fast X is the new antagonist Dante (Jason Momoa), the son of Fast Five’s drug lord Hernan Reyes. Since Dom brought an end to Hernan in that film’s climactic chase, Dante wants revenge and to make Dom suffer."
Recognizing Dom's unwavering devotion to family, Dante strategically targets Dom in the areas that hurt the most. Equipped with stolen technology from Cipher (Charlize Theron), a deep-seated desire for vengeance, and a mission to dismantle Dom's family, Dante emerges as one of the most formidable and menacing villains within the Fast and Furious franchise to date.
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