Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, 6.1/10, is the 1067th film in the franchise… or so it feels. Although, this instalment moves away from the full throttle, pedal to the floor car fest and focuses it’s attention on two testosterone fuelled men – the eponymous Hobbs and Shaw. They’re going head to head with insults whilst attempting to save the world. Sounds terrible right? Well, it wasn’t. Yes, it is the frenzied, fast passed, action packed popcorn blockbuster you’d expect but golly gosh it was enjoyable.
Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) join forces in order to stop a cataclysmic virus from going airborne. Getting in their way is a genetically enhanced villain – “Black Superman” – Brixton (played by Idris Elba).
The film became increasingly more ridiculous as time went on, upping the stakes with each set piece, which only resulted in more of an entertaining watch. The only discredit is that the back and forth duel of wits does start to become tiresome. To begin with I was roaring with laughter but the novelty did start to wear off quite rapidly. Prior to seeing the movie I thought the posters and odd trailer I saw implied that Hattie (played by Vanessa Kirby) – Shaw’s sister – was the typical, overplayed damsel in distress, but on the contrary, she is the ultimate badass. The perfect balance between Hobbs and Shaw’s cock fight.
This exaggerated, action and fun filled hoot is the perfect way to switch off. You have to be willing to get on board and realise that this isn’t an Oscar contender, it’s a big-budget, comical spectacle and an interesting backdoor pilot for more spinoffs. Check out Hobbs and Shaw if you have the time.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 6.1/10