Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – Movie Review
It’s final, this has got to be one of my all-time favourite movies. Even though I have heard some refer to it as a “silly spin-off” which can be understandable depending on how you look at it but, in my opinion, I definitely think it’s worth the watch. With is seamless action-adventure theme throughout along with the banter between long-time rivals Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) gives it a relief from the serious action-packed storyline and has a more humorous feeling giving it the Dwayne Johnson style which ticks all the boxes instead of being another unrealistic action comedies which don’t make sense.
Don’t get me wrong, this movie’s storyline fits perfectly into the type of Dwayne Johnson movies you would expect to see but in my honest opinion, I don’t think it fits within the Fast and Furious movies timeline effectively. I know that it’s absolutely action-packed to the brim with car chases, explosions and stunts in the Fast and Furious style we love but honestly, the overall storyline and setting seems too far fetched as it mainly focuses on a more futuristic type as it features advanced technology and the main story focus is that humankind’s last resort is by using a cyber upgrade on humans making them superhuman. The main villain Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) is also one of the superhumans himself giving him super strength, reflexes and bullet resistant making him a terminator which is completely against the style of movies the normal Fast & Furious movies give us. The one thing that is good to see return in Hobbs & Shaw is the importance of the characters family life and how many their origins means to them. Just like in any other Fast and Furious film family value is highly respected the same.
Now the content in Hobbs & Shaw will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through with it’s out of this world fistfights, car chase scenes with their own twist on them which makes them completely original and as well as the banter and comedy it has throughout with the long-time rivals Hobbs and Shaw which like I said before provides a break from the endless action. For me, the best part was the guest cameos from star comedians such as Deadpool’s Ryan Renolds (Agent Locke), comedian Rob Delaney (Agent Loeb) and of course Dwyane Johnson’s movie sidekick Kevin Heart (Air Marshal Dinkely). Kevin Hearts performance as Dinkely was one of my personal highlights in the film as his main scene was trying to persuade the two to get onboard their team and help them which is similar to his role in the ‘Ride Along’ films.
Moving away from the comedy and action highlights, another key part for me was the character development we get to experience as well as exploring apart of Luke Hobbs origins itself when the trio travel to Samoa and is the first time we see Luke Hobb’s family culture in the islands. The Hobbs family also has a key development when they use their families culture and believes to help fight back against Brixton and his army which gives another insight to their history and how they live on this lifestyle. As well as Hobbs, we also get a small development of Deckard’s family as we see the life of his sister Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) who ends up playing a huge part of the film’s story.