Everything You'd Except from a Ridiculous Blockbuster Derived from an Even More Ridiculous Blockbuster Franchise- Hobbs and Shaw (2019) Review
Hobbs and Shaw (2019) is the first spin-off from the Fast and Furious franchise. The film, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham, acts as this summer’s heavy-hitter, popcorn-action film. And if that’s not enough muscle for you, the film also stars Idris Elba- playing the Fast and Furious-esque villain.
This film follows Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, as they are forced to team together for a governmental bounty hunt for Shaw’s younger sister and the deadly virus she possesses. Following the theme for the previous franchise films, this spin-off continues to make the concept of family and loyalty its main point.
This movie is everything you expect from a mindless action film, so when it attempts to bring serious tones to the forefront, it takes the audience out of the rollercoaster ride of physics-defying action and reminds us that these films are just not good.
One of the films strongest features is the comparison it tries to make between the two main characters- Hobbs being brute strength and Shaw being the agility, making them the perfect ass-kicking duo. When they work together, it's a cohesive, exhilerating action sequence, and even when they're bickering, the opposite personalities make it always fun to watch.
Hobbs and Shaw contains some major cameos from (***spoiler alert***) Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Hart, and Game of Thrones finale jokes. Although Reynolds did not fit into this film dynamic at all, Kevin hart, however, fit into this film more than anything else, and I would love for him to join the cast in the next installment. Him, Johnson, and Statham make for an unnaturally funny trio. The entire first half of the film is fun and cohesive, with motorcycle chase scenes, long villain monologues, snarky banter between the two protagonists that never ends, and epically over-exaggerated fighting scenes. This was my first film viewing with Vanessa Kirby, and I would definitely love to see more after this one. The second half of this movie, however it was fun, it felt disconnected from the first half. Even though the effort was noble, it wasn't quite fulfilled with its attempt to channel back to Hobbs' Samoan roots and a very awkward kiss between two of our main characters.
Other than very clear story telling flaws and 2-out-of-3 pointless cameos, this film continues to be absolutely hilarious and more than fun to watch. I can honestly say that I had temporary hearing loss after watching this film in Dolby because of the sheer explosive sound and action. I also never realized how much I loved to watch Idris Elba play the one-liner, animatronically supped-up bad guy. Overall, I showed up to this film just to watch The Rock lasso a helicopter, and I was not disappointed.
If you came for a good story, you're in the wrong place. This film is all action, all nonsense, all "kick your ass so bad" metaphors.
Jacindable Rating: ★★½
starring, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza Gonzalez, Roman Reighs, and Helen Mirren
written and directed by, David Leitch, Chris Morgan, and Drew Pearce