Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

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Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise that centers on Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). They must team up to stop Brixton (Idris Elba), a genetically modified villain, who is after a virus that can kill thousands of people.

The Fast & Furious movies are popcorn fodder and they have gotten dumber over the years. This film is no different, it’s a nice film to turn your brain off for awhile and watch Johnson and Statham riff of and insult each other. But the film gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on, so if that is going to bother you, you should pass on this movie.

However, Johnson and Statham continue to have great chemistry together. It’s fun to see their dynamic more played out and I’m curious to see how it may change in the upcoming movies. Vanessa Kirby stood out as Stathom’s sister and it was also fun to see Idris Elba as the villain.

The film has a few cameos that were unexpected. They served as winks to Johnson’s and Statham’s films outside the Fast & Furious franchise. They took me out the movie for a bit since I was surprised, but they ended up being welcome cameos that garnered laughs.

I am not really a fan or follower of this franchise. I watched Hobbs & Shaw because I saw Fast 8 and liked their dynamic in that movie too. Luckily, if you don’t follow the franchise, you won’t be lost if you want to check out this film.

The action was good, but it was hard to follow at times. I also think there might have been one too many action sequences because I did get a bit tired of them. In fact, I thought that an action packed scene was the last big fight, but it turned out to be the close of the 2nd act, which made the film feel longer.

Overall, Hobbs & Shaw is exactly it’s marketed to be – a dumb action movie. If you want to see a dumb action movie this would be a enjoyable film to see. And I did have a enjoyable time watching it.

I give Hobbs & Shaw a B-

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