The piece actually does offer some interesting insights into the success of the saga – the most recent instalment of which has broken box office records; practically unheard of for the fourth sequel to a ten-year-old film. UCLA professor Jonathan Kuntz (again, please don’t scoff) gives us his two cents:
“Street racing has not exactly been a fantasy of the elite … In the ’40s and ’50s, working class people and ordinary folks were working on their hot rods and Chevys. And here we see that glamorized and made global.”
It’s only star Vin Diesel who perhaps allows the success to go to his head:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some Oscar talk around this. I don’t know, maybe I’m just biting off what some guy from Channel 7 thought,” he said with a chuckle. “But sooner or later, people are gonna say, ‘Wait a minute, just because they are for the working class doesn’t mean they’re not great.’”
Well! Perhaps now five-year-old screenwriter Chris Morgan will get the Oscar he deserves!