*warning, minor spoilers for Hobbs & Shaw below
I’ve literally been waiting all summer to check this movie out. I initially wasn’t on board with it at all (even though I’ve only seen Fast Five, I still didn’t think Fast & Furious needed a spin-off), but then I saw the first trailer and I was all in. As the title implies, Hobbs & Shaw sees Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) forced to team up to save the world from a dangerous super-virus. Oh, and there’s also Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) in the mix, not to mention a genetically-enhanced super soldier (Idris Elba), the latter also being after the virus.
Overall, I really did enjoy Hobbs & Shaw. As I suspected, the film is mostly an over-the-top action flick, with Hobbs and Shaw at the center of it all. There are fights, explosions, just enough plot to satisfy my brain, and of course, the undeniable chemistry between Johnson and Statham that makes it all work. Seriously, how were these two not paired in a movie sooner? (Yes, I know about them being in that Fast & Furious movie together, but that’s beside the point). I found it hysterically funny to watch these two square up to each other, they’re both alpha males who are definitely not used to working with anyone, let alone another alpha. On that basis alone, I look forward to the sequel that was obviously being set up at the end of the film.
While highly enjoyable, Hobbs & Shaw is far from perfect. For example, I loved most of the last act that was set on Samoa, once the action got going anyway. But am I the only one who thought the family scene didn’t quiet work? The feeling didn’t last long, since the film almost never slows down the action, but still, that part could’ve been done better. The final fight scene itself was insane (even if it did strain my suspension of disbelief just slightly). I know this is a movie and all, but you can’t seriously tell me that Hobbs and Shaw went through all of THAT (just in the finale alone), without having serious health issues immediately afterward. Maybe I’m nitpicking but that bothered me a little. Oh, and speaking of the finale, I found the slow-motion punch shots to be really unnecessary. I *think* I get what they were going for, but it really does come across as silly.
Can’t finish a review of this film without talking about Idris Elba; he was fantastic! Any scene he’s in, I loved. Honestly, I wish we could’ve gotten more of his character, or at least more time for his character to develop, I think he had the ability to be quite nuanced if we could’ve learned more about him. (Also, I love his motorcycle).
Oh, one last thought. Without giving too much away (hopefully), I think I know who that mysterious voice at the end belongs to. If you think you know too, please don’t say anything in the comments, for now let’s just keep it to ourselves, we’ll find out soon enough if the theory is correct. (And on one further point, I’m very glad I made sure to watch Game of Thrones when the season aired, or a certain line would have royally pissed me off.)
Let me know what you think about Hobbs & Shaw in the comments below and have a great day!
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At the screening I was at yesterday, the entire audience came out furious about the Games of Thrones line; literally cursing the film-makers. I’m not sure why the film-makers felt they needed to do that, but it generated some unhappy customers!
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The only thing I can think of is that they thought most people would know by now and therefore not care, forgetting that some people wait until dvd release to watch the season
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I’ve never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, but it annoyed me because I was planning on watching it someday. If I was involved in GoT, I’m be really annoyed at this deliberate, and unavoidable spoiling of a huge show!
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Glad you saw the film. Although seeing the evolving franchise from the beginning WOULD have been my choice. The good thing about these films is you can basically “get” what’s going on and what has happened (more or less) prior. The essence of these films is pure guilty pleasure. Yep, gotta expand your sense of reality check quite a bit, but they are made to be FUN! As I wote prior, the Paul Walker send off was tasteful and very poignant. As with all films in this franchise, after all the fireballs and stunts, the importance of family is at its core. That alone is something to admire. Thanks for the review!
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