Verdict: A roast battle and a bonkers superhero film rolled into one.
Fast & Furious is one of the most successful action franchises in Hollywood right now. A spin-off film was inevitable and we finally got it with Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. While the action in the original series has become bigger and better over the years, this film takes it a step further by going straight into the science-fiction territory. Hobbs and Shaw doesn’t take place in the real world but a Hollywood version of a real world where dodging bullets is a prerequisite for being the main character, physics is merely a suggestion, and the world can only be saved by two men who hate each other working together.
What’s Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw About:
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are fierce rivals who are great at what they do but don’t get along because of a complex history. They are forced to work together when a new threat arises in the form of a cyber-genetically enhanced soldier (Idris Elba) and a deadly world-ending virus.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are known to be action stars and they are in their element in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. There couldn’t have been a better pair from the Fast and Furious franchise to lead a spin-off. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Dwayne Johnson is a force to behold and Jason Statham provides the perfect foil by being equally capable.
The combined might of Hobbs and Shaw needed a worthy villain and they got exactly that with a superhuman who seems to have limitless strength. Idris Elba plays the part well, delivering dialogues such as “I’m black Superman” with conviction. Vanessa Kirby as Shaw’s sister is also an integral part of the film. Kirby is becoming a great addition to the action genre with Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hibbs & Shaw under her belt. She’s stylish even as she’s slipping out of handcuffs and going into hand-to-hand combat with the bad guys. Helen Mirren and Eiza Gonzáles also give great performances in their small roles.
With Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, you get exactly what you need – sleek cars, shootouts, comedy, and over-the-top action. It takes you across continents, with the scenes taking place in Moscow, Ukraine, Samoa, London, and more – all with the mission of saving the world from destruction. The film also has also kept the soul of the franchise intact and it continues to be all about family.
A special mention has to be made for the cameos as the actors who make surprise appearances are perfect for the film. Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is an entertaining watch regardless, but the cameos are an added bonus.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The story has some plot points that seem a bit contrived. The film also feels a bit too long and could’ve used a little more editing.
Why You Should Watch:
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is a must-watch if you’re a fan of the franchise, The Rock, Jason Statham, or fun action movies. You don’t even need to have seen any previous films to have an absolute blast with this action-packed fast and furious ride.
P. S. Stay back for some more fun after the movie ends as there is a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene.
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