To make a movie appealing to the audience, sometimes you don’t need character actors who will shock you, make you cry, or leave you contemplative with their performances. Nor do you always need spectacular fantasy/sci-fi effects that take your breath away. Sometimes, you don’t even need a profound plot filled with twists and turns. Sometimes, all you need are movies like “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” Simply put, sometimes you just need high-octane entertainment, where you can let your brain take a break. 😀
“Hobbs and Shaw” is a spin-off of the “Fast and Furious” series. These crazy car chases, full of action and explosions, started their journey back in 2001, and since then, eight films have been released (with several more planned in the coming years). Although definitely not masterpieces, the interesting cast, crazy races and chases in “tricked-out” cars, as well as good music, definitely won the audience’s affection. This series has had its sad moments off-screen, but it seems things are slowly getting back to normal for the Fast and Furious family.
If you’re curious about who Hobbs and Shaw are, I advise you to read up on the history of the “Fast and Furious” series (or simply watch all the movies in the franchise 😀), because I think it would take too much space in this review to go through their histories from the moment they joined the “Fast and Furious” crew. However, even if you’ve never watched any movie in the series, don’t worry, you’ll easily catch on to how simple the film is. 😀
The recipe for “Hobbs and Shaw” is simple. Just mix in:
- Two alpha males of opposite characters and diametrically opposed approaches to solving tasks, who can’t stand each other (but respect each other, though they’ll never admit it publicly) and who throw insults at each other at the level of an “insult duel” 😀
- One villain who is actually an upgraded version of a super soldier, calling himself the “Black Superman,” working for a techno-cult that wants to “purify” the human race using a special virus
- The sexy sister of one of the main characters, belonging to special units, who thinks the smartest solution to keep the virus away from the bad guys is to inject it into herself, with only 72 hours left to live before the virus “activates” and destroys the whole world, unless she extracts it from herself and isolates it… and now the whole world is after her.
- Comedic supporting roles featuring Deadpool, Peter, and Fridge
- Sarcastic, comedic, cynical comments
- Crazy action scenes
- Furious cars
- More crazy action scenes
- Exotic location
- And more fights
- And more sarcastic, comedic, cynical comments
And that’s pretty much it! 😀
Jokes aside, this is a very fun and relaxing movie. Don’t expect Hamlet-level emotions, a heavy love story, deep dialogues, or the like. This is a film that’s sexy (but without actual sex).
Fair enough, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham did their jobs well. I think the potential of Idris “Luther/Heimdall” Elba might not have been fully utilized (even for this type of film), while charming Vanessa Kirby nicely spiced up this male cast. 😀
And the appearance of Ryan Reynolds, who behaves as if he’s on the set of “Deadpool,” is a story of its own. 😀
Given that the film grossed just under 700 million dollars, I believe a sequel is likely (there’s an unresolved storyline about the mysterious techno-cult, as their enigmatic leader clearly has a past with our heroes).
All in all, if you’re in the mood for some light entertainment with lots of action, explosions, and a bit of humor, “Hobbs and Shaw” will do a solid job.
And you, dear reader, your thoughts on the movie? 🙂
(Originally reviewed: 07/12/2019)