Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
So, I loved F8 when I saw it for the first time the other week, so I went into this with high expectations. In most respects these expectations were met and exceeded but it is held back from moving from a very good film to a great film.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are obviously both fantastic action stars and can carry any film they choose in this genre. The actions scenes both or either are in are superbly coordinated and are up there with some of the best action scenes you will see in the cinema this year. Idris Elba is not only an awesome actor in general but proves that he is a right royal bar steward of a baddy. Vanessa Kirby, who has carved out a very nice career as a British TV actress, has just stepped up into full-blown action heroine (hopefully)stardom and on the basis of her action scenes and her interactions with two of the biggest(literally) stars in this genre then she has a very bright future ahead of her.
And, even though she is only in it briefly at the start and the end, Helen Mirren is freaking amazing as always.
Oh and Ryan Reynolds in a typically Ryan Reynolds role is hysterical.
The story even pushes the limits of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ believability but is the more fun for it, self-driving bikes, secret technology cults, travelling from Russia to Samoa in a blink of an eye when the timer countdown has only a few hours left – all could test the boundaries of the average film watcher, but if you like these characters then you DO NOT CARE about plot holes. It is all about the fights and the witty one-liners. And this film has plenty of both.
And, there is my problem, it has too many ‘witty one-liners’, throughout the first two-thirds of the films, Hobbs and Shaw stop whatever they are doing and spend five minutes insulting each other. Generally, along the lines of Hobbs is big, Shaw is a cockney, Hobbs is a bulldozer, Shaw is sneaky. The first time they do this, it is funny and fitting for their characters who have disliked each other for a few films now, but after the tenth time in one movie, you do wonder if the scriptwriter just left a part of the script blank and wrote ‘Mr Johnson, Mr Statham to have a go at each other’ and left it at that.
The final scenes are simply superb, Cliff Curtis and his ’brothers’ are great additions to the cast and the set pieces are visually brilliant.
The rumour is that Hobbs and Shaw have finished in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ films and that this is a new series of films for them to flex their muscles in.(I bet Vin Diesel is very happy to have his franchise back) and they do make a great pairing but they also miss the other F&F characters to bounce off. I missed Letty and Dej and Roman, I definitely missed Roman’s character.
A muscle bound, karate kicking, wall walloping, spinning your legs around your opponent’s head before flipping them over 16/20 for Messer’s Hobbs and Shaw. A very good action film but too much jawing slowed the film down, a film which should be a hurricane ride for 100% of the time, had a few rain showers dotted throughout the storm. Shell did not enjoy it as much as me, for her is lacked the impact of the F&F films, a 11.5/20 - she is a harsh critic!
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