A decent action flick, Hobbs & Shaw works with quite a dumb narrative but somehow manages to remain a fun and explosive ride. It is the two leads’ undeniable chemistry and impressive stunts that make this blockbuster an enjoyable watch.
Once I heard that this spin-off was in production, I wasn’t all too excited as I believe the ‘Fast & Furious’ film franchise has been stretched for far too long and lately went off-the-rails. However, after watching this movie I can easily describe it as entertaining despite its flaws. Here’s what this one gets right, it has a suitable tone, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is carried by two great performances from Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ follows the unlikely alliance between Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in an effort to save humanity from a cyber-genetically enhanced villain.
What kicks off in a rather messy manner manages to find a suitable approach to the story soon enough. Though I didn’t feel entirely convinced by Idris Elba’s villain, he gave out a great performance. After the film’s lousy setup, the action begins and that’s what’ll make you forget about everything else. Director David Leitch, who previously helmed ‘Deadpool 2’ & ‘Atomic Blonde’, provides us with some really well choreographed action sequences. He also manages to balance that action with some suitable comedy. Despite all this, the movie does drag a bit too much on its material and ends up feeling quite lengthy, but the entertainment factor definitely remains.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham form a great onscreen duo and heck it’s fun to watch them quarreling all throughout the movie. Vanessa Kirby was also an interesting addition to the cast and the Shaw family drama proved to be quite an intriguing subplot. There are also a few epic cameos that’ll totally catch you off-guard. Some of the jokes and lines that the cast deliver don’t really land and they may feel overdone but then again that’s not really what you’re here for. Die-hard Fast & furious fans will surely enjoy this movie and I’m actually excited to see what the future holds in store for the titular characters. Make sure to catch this summer blockbuster film in cinemas this weekend.