'Hobbs & Shaw' Review
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, from a story by Morgan. It is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise centered around the titular Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, characters introduced in the main series. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Hobbs and Shaw respectively. Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren also star.
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs, a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw, a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent, who just happens to be Shaw’s sister, these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Hobbs and Shaw was one of the few sequels/spinoffs I was actually looking forward to. The Fast and the Furious is a franchise that I have really enjoyed since the beginning, but from Fast Five onwards, the franchise has genuinely been great. I have loved every single film since then, and this film was no different.
Hobbs and Shaw was a stupid, logic deaf, over the top, and ridiculous film that I loved. This film knew exactly what it was and embraced every bit of it. It never took itself too seriously, but it had enough deep moments and overall themes that I got really invested in the ridiculous plot. The film was also very funny. One of the best parts of the film was the childish verbal sparring matches between the Rock and Jason Statham. The film also had two cameos that were equally as funny.
The action scenes were also great and very well helmed by director David Leitch, who has put out a number of great action films. There were a lot of action scenes, and they were perfectly over the top. There was one scene were the Rock slides down some rope bare handed for like a mile and I was kinda like OK now, but other than that I thought the over the topness was handled well.
I thought Idris Elba was the perfect villain for this film. He was basically black Superman. He also had enough depth and enough motivation for me to get behind him. I also loved the introduction of sci-fi into the franchise.
The film nailed what it had to get right, but this film had its fair share of problems. The biggest one was the story and overall plot. A lot of it didn't necessarily work, and it was a little confusing at times. It also felt a little sloppy at times. They also threw in a few cliches here and there. The film could've ended many times, but it didn't.
The pacing also could've used a little work. This was a very action heavy film which I loved, but there was so much there that it made the overall film feel a little sluggish. There was a huge action scene at the end of the second act. I thought that was the end of the film, but there was still 30 minutes left. The film did this a lot. First a great action scene, then it dragged a little. It wasn't terrible, but for a film that runs a little over two hours, it was definitely something I noticed.
Another thing was the ending. I liked the ending and loved the climax, but I thought there were something they could have done differently. There was one scene were they make this car train thing. It was kind of cool, but it felt very out of place. It was almost as if they had only just realized this was a Fast and the Furious film. They also promised this giant last stand, but it didn't deliver all the way.
Another very small thing was the way Idris Elba's character got developed. It wasn't bad, but a lot of it was him basically telling the audience and exposition. I thought his character was one of the better parts of the film, and I would've liked to have seen him get more personal character development.
Other than that, I thought this was genuinely good film. The two things they had to get right was the action and the comedy, and they nailed both of them. Hobbs and Shaw was a very fun time.
The acting was solid. I really enjoyed Dwayne Johnson in this film. He was back to his charming charismatic self, and he lit up every scene he was in. The action legend that is Jason Statham was equally as great. I thought the two shared this very odd, but great chemistry together. They were great during those insult scenes.
Idris Elba was great. He was honestly one of my favorite parts of the film. He felt like a mix between Dwayne Johnson's brute strength and Jason Statham's sophistication. I don't know if they were particularly going for that, but it was something I noticed and liked.
Vanessa Kirby was also really good, and I thought she too had great chemistry with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Overall, the acting was solid and was exactly what you'd expect from a cast like this.
The story and plot could've used some work. The story itself was simple enough. Hobbs and Shaw have to team up together to save Shaw's sister and the world from a group of super soliders. However, they tried to squeeze so much into it, and you could tell they were trying to build up to future films.
It got a little confusing. They wanted to add so much in the simplest way possible, and it just didn't work. The film wanted to add a lot, and all of it didn't work as good as it could have.
There were moments where the film writes itself into a corner, but then uses the cheapest ways to get out. The film also held back a lot. A lot of those action scenes should've ended the film, but it didn't, making the film that much more sluggish.
There were also some things that I don't think were thought out all the way. Logically speaking, there were just some things the story did that didn't make a ton of sense.
Overall though, it was to be expected, and they did a good enough job with it.
All in all, this was a really fun film to watch. What the film lacked in terms of plot and story, they made up for with pure entertainment.
The cast was great, David Leitch did a wonderful job with those great action scenes, the film had a very Fast and the Furious soundtrack that I really liked, and the film was very funny.
Overall, Hobbs and Shaw was a very entertaining summer action film that I had a fun time watching.
© 2019 Royce Proctor