Dynamic action, suprising yet fun cameos; this Fast and Furious spinoff keeps the heart of the ‘family’ subplot the FAF films stick by but sets the scene for a whole new story that will stand on its own two feet with the introduction to Sci-fi elements and a great action duo played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. These polar opposites clash throughout and creates entertaining conflicts banter and insults.
What To Expect
It’s exactly what we thought it was going to be. Action packed? Of course. Unrealistic and insane premise and stunts? You bet. But it’s all fun. The Fast And Furious franchise is fun but can often take themselves too seriously with it’s emotional endings. Hobbs and Shaw sure does has it’s hearty moments, keeping to the themes of family and working together, but it’s not too heavy on the emotion.
The films pacing makes this film a bit of a chore to get through. It’s entertaining and has more depth that any of the other Furious movies, even delving into Sci-Fi territory with the introduction of villain Brixton (Idris Elba) an enhanced super-soldier. But throughout the film speeds itself up, and we find our seleves into the story very fast. It often stops itself for some comedic relief, but doing this made the film drag and I found myself at one point hoping for it to be over.
The action sequences, as most will know, are the best thing about these movies, and Hobbs and Shaw isnt an exception. Whether it’s a clever, over the top fist fight or a typical Furious style high speed car chase this film doesnt let it’s audience down. The stunt work is great, and the pacing of the action sequences in the first two acts is exciting and well-shot, making up for some of the films struggles.
Hobbs And Shaw
The Rock and Jason Statham have really great ‘love hate’ chemistry and are an action for the ages. Vanessa Kirby almost stole the entire movie, holding her own as the third lead and not just a damsel in distress. Idris Elba kinda felt wooden in this, clearly feeling the need to over act because of the franchise he found himself in. However you could tell he had a lot of fun doing it.
Is It Worth Watching?
Hobbs and Shaw is a great spinoff with it’s ridiculous action and the definition of a fun summer action blockbuster. The runtime was almost exhausting to watch with it being almost 40 minutes too long, but you sure do come out of this film feeling satisfied. A nitpick would be the time of day often changes drastically in the final scene. It gradually turned from pitch black night time to daylight in the space of 9 minutes. It was quite distracting and more A24’s Midsommar vibes, not Fast and Furious. But overall, it’s heartwarming with its classic themes of family, but not too emotional. It’s a good balance of heart, action and comedy which is enough for it to be enjoyable.