Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – A Spin-off that Entertains
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, the spin-off from the Fast and Furious franchise banks on its popularity with secondary characters Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in the lead. While the duo has been at the crossheads since the Furious 7 (2015), they end up together to fight for a common cause.
The movie begins on a lighter note where Hobbs and Shaw are roped in by the CIA to fight against a deadly virus. The core focus of the storyline throughout the movie is the rivalry between Hobbs and Shaw as they try to bring down the ‘black superman,’ a Terminator-like super-villain Brixton (Idris Elba).
When it’s a movie from an F&F franchise, you don’t expect Oscar-worthy performances or screenplay, but there are elements that make the film click. With the entry of Deckard Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), the movie enters the full throttle mode, literally. Chase sequences with cars and bike, men beating up each other, the movie has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. The verbal joust between Hobbs and Shaw is hilarious and written well, reminding us to sit back and enjoy the movie.
Director David Leitch has left no stone unturned when it comes to the action sequences. There is an accompanying soundtrack as the storyline travels from America to an abandoned nuclear plant in Russia. Hattie is the third lead character in the movie who is adept at fighting and holding each other’s backs throughout the movie.
The delightful aspect of the movie comes in the latter half when Helen Mirren makes a cameo appearance as Shaw’s mum in Samoa with his extended family. It is no wonder that David Leitch can effectively pull off an action movie known for directing Atomic Blonde and Deadpool, and also the co-founder of the John Wick franchise. Written by Chris Morgan, there seems to be a greater focus on the character development of Hobbs rather than Shaw who is now more of an antihero rather than a villain. The cameos seem forced and the dialogues do not
However, the banter between the lead duo is well-written, evoking hilarious moments, with Dwayne, Jason, Vanessa and Idris pulling off their characters with tremendous ease.
There is attention to detail in the action sequences with extravagant car chases coming into the picture. With the end credits hinting at a sequel, it would be great if the spin off has a storyline with depth with less of over-the-top moments, without missing out on the crucial fun aspect of the movie.