Film Review: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Though the official title for this movie is annoyingly long, I can guarantee while you’re watching it, it’ll feel like you’re living your life a quarter-mile at a time that’s for shaw, so get ready to hobbs on tight.


The Synopsis
Being on opposite ends of the earth isn’t far enough apart for agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and suave criminal Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Though they don’t give each other a second thought, their history shows that they shouldn’t be allowed in the same room ever again, let alone in the same country.

However when a deadly virus codename: Snowflake, that could completely cripple the world, comes into play, and Hobbs and Shaw are brought in to recover both Snowflake and the person accused of stealing it; MI6 field agent, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby).

There is more going on that meets the eye, and despite what’s seen, some of it is hard to believe. Behind the curtains, the mysterious Eteon pulls the strings, using their puppets, headed by Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) to recover the virus by any means necessary.

They’re not friends, they don’t trust one another, and both of them have to have the final insulting word; but Hobbs & Shaw will have to put everything aside if they want so much as a chance of saving the world and making it out on the other side unscathed.

Hobbs & Shaw

The Good
First and foremost I have to applaud Idris Elba in his role as the can’t stop won’t stop antagonist Brixton Lore. He played the role of villain so convincingly I don’t want to see him as any other character type ever again.

To be honest, when I walked into this movie, I can tell you now that I was not expecting a comedy. But that’s what I was given and I have to say I laughed out loud a lot throughout the course of the movie. The humour predominantly derived from the insults the main characters slung at one another, and I personally love a good insult. I was satisfied with both the jokes and the execution of them when it came to the cinematography and editing which only aided in amping up the humour level.

Sat here from my throne of retrospect; though the movie is marketed as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the movie did a really good job of actually setting itself apart from its origins. Yes, I did spend the odd moment presuming, then wondering, when Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto would make a cameo appearance, but actually, by the end, the movie had established itself and it’s potential future enough to cull those curiosities.

Really random addition but there is a scene where they end up in Moscow and we meet Madam M (Eiza González). All I can say is that she and her band of take no prisoners women need their own movie. I want to know everything about what they’re doing and get some information as to where I can sign up to join them.

Hobbs & Shaw

The Bad
This isn’t Fast and Furious. I say this both first and plainly because I don’t want you to end up in the same position I was in while I watched this; which was me constantly asking; where are the cars?

I stand by all the praise points I made above, but this movie really should have been called Hobbs & Shaw to avoid any and all assumptions about how the spin-off would play out.

Cloaked in mystery and building curiosity was the elusive and unexplained Eteon. But for me, its strength was also its weakness. We were given no answers or hard clues about the Wizard, and though the grand plan was somewhat relayed through Brixton Lore –  I honestly had no idea was the man was talking about.

I’ll keep my lips sealed on the who, but a certain appearance of a certain actor in the movie was both unexpected and to be frank, unnecessary. Their scene went on too long, their jokes were, for the most part, stale, and they added nothing to the movie other than being a device to explain away solving a believability issue.

Face Plant

The Conclusion
Once I got past the fact that there would be no epic, nail-biting and altogether impossible car tricks… I enjoyed Hobbs & Shaw. The tone was a little indecisive at times, and I’m not altogether a massive fan of the action-comedy genre but this – this I wouldn’t mind seeing another of…

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