REVIEW: Hobbs & Shaw

THE STORY

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

THE REVIEW

With the Fast and Furious movies, there are only two sentiments; you either love them or hate them. This means that if you already have a dislike for the past movies, let me save you some time and tell you upfront: This new entry will do nothing to change your opinion.

Full disclosure: I Love the Fast & Furious films in all its wonderfully stupid over the top, physics and logic defying glory.

The Fast & The Furious franchise has had a unique and interesting journey throughout its 18 years (yes, you are old).

With 8 movies, an upcoming animated series, video games, toys, and a theme park ride and a worth of over $5 Billion dollars, F&F has grown into an empire that should be admired considering it came from being a borderline ripoff of 90’s classic action film Point Break.

The original film from 2001, where a undercover cop infiltrates and ultimately befriends a group of car racing thieves who go around stealing electronic goods – including highly advanced TVs with VHS player integrated! – has evolved into a series of car loving misfits saving the world from nuclear destruction.

Now it has expanded even further with it’s first spin-off, officially titled Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, but which will be shortened as Hobbs & Shaw for the remained of the review for the sake of my sanity and fingers – also, it’s a ridiculous name.

Whereas The Fast and The Furious was the early 2000’s equivalent of Point Break, Hobbs & Shaw is certainly this generations Tango & Cash. Take that as you will.

Stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham are clearly having fun working together again, spending most of the movie doing what they do best; flexing muscles, punching bad guys, driving big cars and hurling insults at each other.

Smashing her way into the F&F universe is the always reliable Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) as Shaw’s sister Hattie and proves to be a formidable partner to the title characters not only handling the dramatic characters moments with ease but also bringing charm, humor and ass kicking to spare. The movie even gets the prerequisite “Not with my sister” trope present in buddy cop movies after Hobbs takes an interest in her. Hopefully we see more of her in the future.

Since the introduction of Hobbs in Fast Five and Shaw’s in Furious 7, both characters have been bald muscled forces of nature, mowing down anything that gets in their way. Which means the only way to give both our heroes a threat is by way of a literal super villain. Enter Idris Elba as Brixton Lore aka “Black Superman”, a cyber-genetically enhanced terrorist. As the unstoppable big bad, Elba clearly has fun chewing the scenery and throwing our protagonists around.

With Deadpool 2 director David Leitch at the helm this time, some fantastic action is delivered through a series of gloriously ludicrous set pieces that can only be described as the movie looking real world physics and logic in the eye, laugh in its face, grabs it by the throat, jumps from a skyscraper while punching it all the way down, landing on and destroying a car to then just walk away flexing its muscles and drinking a beer.

From bone-crunching fistfights, car chases involving transforming motorcycles, The Rock holding down a helicopter with his bare hands and an epic, visually stunning three way finale battle in slow motion, all the action sequences are expertly shot, choreographed and framed as one would expect from the co-director of John Wick.

Action and Fast & Furious fans will not be disappointed.

Full disclosure 2: I loved Hobbs & Shaw in all its wonderfully ridiculous, over the top, physics and logic defying glory.

THE CONCLUSION

Hobbs and Shaw comes from a franchise that can brandish it’s own insanity, inanity and ludicrousness as a plus and boy does this movie follow the rule spectacularly. Big, fun, brash, action packed and as subtle as it’s main characters, the film represents a step up after the mediocre Fate of the Furious and a bright future for the Fast “family”.

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