Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw Review
I‘m going, to be honest. I have not seen all of the movies that come under the Fast and Furious franchise. So, pardon me if I don’t know much about this whole car racing universe. However, I’m pretty sure that the Dwayne Johnson starring Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw is far from the universe it’s supposed to be set in. I’ll go as far as to say that after watching the movie, I felt like I’d seen a superhero movie. And that my friends is not something you associate with Fast and Furious.
Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, More Like Fast and Furious: A Cliche
The plot of the movie really doesn’t have much to offer. It’s not something new or intriguing. It is based on a central idea that the deadly virus that a girl stole should be recaptured and if it’s not, the world is going to end. How the world is going to end, well the film didn’t deem it important to give an answer to that question.
However, except for the central idea of Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, the movie is about the two men Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) and how they’ll come to terms with their differences and work together. Both Hobbs and Shaw can’t look eye to eye on almost everything and are basically just man babies. The film eventually just becomes about these two man-babies trying to get over themselves and coming to realize that they’ll only succeed against the big evil if they work together as a team. See nothing new. You can gather all of this from the trailer alone. But this is not where the cliche ends. No, there’s more.
The story is way too simplistic and all of it is cliche. There’s an evil man wanting to commit suicide and then there are two manly heroes who work better alone. One of them has a pre-teen daughter who obviously is way mature and smart beyond her age. We have already seen this in another movie and this is where Hobbs and Shaw lacks.
The Problems With Hobbs and Shaw
I have nothing against a movie being cliche. It’s hard nowadays to make or find a movie that’s not cliche. You know cliche’s work if they’re made well and used well. And I will give this credit to Hobbs and Shaw. It was cliche, yet it worked and kept me engaged. However, it wasn’t without faults.
I have only two problems with Hobbs and Shaw, the first being that it didn’t feel like a Fast and Furious movie. You see the villain in the movie who’s played to perfection by Edris Alba is some genetic experiment. Do you see now why I say it doesn’t seem like a Fast and Furious movie! Seriously when did genetic experimentation became a part of the Fast and Furious universe? It was always about car racing and the hustle. Which is nowhere to be found in Hobbs and Shaw.
The second problem that I have with it is that I feel like I’ve already seen parts of the movie. And this is where working with cliche’s goes wrong. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham though played Hobbs and Shaw to perfection, do nothing new. In some parts of the movie, you feel like you’ve already seen them. Why? Because it’s way too much like the previous movies done by both the actors.
A Hit or a Miss
It’s a hit. A cliche but a hit. As I’ve said above, I only have two problems with the movie, which when you look at them aren’t too big. They’re big when you’re critically reviewing a movie but they’re small when it comes to entertainment. You’re gonna go to the theaters to enjoy and Hobbs and Shaw is perfect for it. You’re going to enjoy every minute of it. Some more than others. For example, there’s going to come a part about the people of Samoa and Dwayne Johnson just kills in those scenes.
The actors, be it Johnson or Statham, have done their jobs impeccably. The cinematography is hands down one of the best things about the movie. And the action is just fantastic. For all action movie geeks, you’re not going to want to miss watching Hobbs and Shaw.
I rate the movie 6.5 out of 10.
If you’re looking to watching a movie this weekend, go for Hobbs and Shaw. It’s definitely being screened in all theaters around you.