Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce
Spin-off from: The Fast and the Furious series
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Eiza González, Eddie Marsan, Eliana Sua, Cliff Curtis, Lori Pelenise Tuisano, John Tui, Joshua Mauga, Joe Anoa’i, Rob Delaney, Ryan Reynolds
Seen on: 12.8.2019

Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) hate each other, and that is putting it very mildly. But when a dangerous virus, called The Snowflake, is about to get into the wrong hands, they are asked to put aside their differences and go after it together. It was last seen with MI6 agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), as in Deckard’s younger sister. But even though Hattie is keeping it safe at the moment, somebody is still after it and her: Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) who has his own agenda and enhancements to make it happen.

Hobbs & Shaw is a great spin-off form the Fast and the Furious series, hitting just the right tone and style (albeit leaving gaping plot holes with regards to the other films that should not be discussed). I had great fun with it.

The film poster showing the main characters, Big Ben bathed in red light, an explosion, a car, and a motorcycle.

Look, I absolutely went biased into the film, completely in favor of it. I love the Fast and the Furious series, and with Johnson, Statham and Elba in the film, it’s like somebody took a deep look into my brain to figure out who the muscled action stars are that I like and just went for it (missing: Vin Diesel and Jason Momoa). But even if my bias had been less pronounced, I’m sure that I would have enjoyed it a whole lot. It’s just a really entertaining film.

A lot of that has to do with Statham and Johnson who are a perfect pair against their will. Their constant dick measuring should have become aggravating, but they overdo it so much, and with such an obvious wink, that it is actually entertaining and had me laughing out loud. Elba is the much cooler counterpart in a really great role.

Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) facing each other with automated weapons in hand.

Despite actually enjoying the dick measuring here, it was nice to have Vanessa Kirby there to break the constant displays of masculinity. Hattie definitely got the best fight scenes, though the others weren’t bad either. Even though the film suffers from the usual annoying shaky cam that has become such a staple of action films, generally the action was really good.

So, what more could I ask for from a film like Hobbs & Shaw? That’s right, nothing – it gave me exactly what I was hoping for and then some: pure entertainment.

Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) walking fiercely, tools in hand.

Summarizing: awesome.

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