Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is the newest installment in the Fast franchise and its first spinoff (that’s if you don’t count Tokyo Drift as a spinoff). Fast Five was the first time that the Fast and Furious franchise fully understood what kind of a franchise they wanted to be, thus resulting in the best movie in the series. Fast Five was a refreshing breath of fresh air for the franchise. They double down on the family aspect of the story by bringing all the side characters from the previous movies in for one big heist. Not only did we see returning faces but one new big addition that injected so much life into this franchise; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Arguably the best addition to any Fast and Furious movie. By the time we hit Fate of the Furious, I was already kind of done with seeing the same thing we’ve seen in those movies, now four times over. That’s why I was so excited to hear the announcement of a spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, in my opinion, the best parts of the last few movies. By all accounts, Hobbs and Shaw defy all laws of physics and common sense but instead does whatever looks cooler and has more attitude. This is a dumb movie, but it was so much fun.
There’s a moment in this movie wherein the background you can see posters for movies like Stallone’s Cobra or one of the OG buddy cop films 48 Hrs. hung and I can’t help but think that these “easter eggs” are a perfect call back to what kind of movie Hobbs and Shaw is. Hobbs and Shaw is a throwback to the 80’s action movies and a love letter to the action hero. Gone are the days where action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and many more that ruled the action scene. Today, we don’t have many actors like that. Tom Cruise is a great action actor, but he doesn’t just stick to action so he doesn’t count in my eyes. For me, two actors are the definition of an 80’s/90’s action star today. The last of their kind if you will. Those two actors are Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Muscle bound and cool as all hell.
The two leads easily are the best part of Hobbs and Shaw. If you go into this movie expecting a Mission Impossible caliber film, you’ll be disappointed. But if you go in expecting a movie like Commando, then you’re going to enjoy this film. The reason to go see a movie like this is for the bombastic action scenes, the banter between the two leads, and the over the top performances, Hobbs and Shaw has all of that. If that’s what you want to see, you’ll get it here. As for flaws, this movie is pretty long. I think they could’ve tightened it up and cut out a few things for sure. Obviously, this movie is pretty dumb, it defies all logic and laws of physics, so I guess you could count this as a flaw, but then again this movie never at any point tries to take itself seriously.
Hobbs and Shaw is a fun time at the movies. If you like the Fast & Furious franchise, you’ll like this movie. If I’d have to rank the Fast movies it would go like this (least favourite to favourite) Fast & Furious, Tokyo Drift, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious 6, The Fate of the Furious, The Fast and The Furious, Hobbs and Shaw, Furious Seven, and Fast Five is my favourite. If you don’t like any of those movies, then why would you go see this one? You should know by now what kind of movie you’re seeing when it says Fast and Furious in the title. Hobbs and Shaw is more or less the same movie we’ve seen many times before, but with a bit of a fresh take with the two new leads. This was the right step for a franchise that was getting a little stale. Again, this movie isn’t great, it’s not trying to be an Oscar-caliber film, but it is a lot of fun.