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August 5, 2019

Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

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Hello, Movie Buffs!

     Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal DSS agent, and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, return to stop a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba)  from gaining control of a bioweapon that could cause a mass-genocide that would alter humanity forever. With the help of Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), a recently rogue MI6 agent, and Hobbs’ brothers, can these two sworn enemies put aside their differences to save the world...again?  

     Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and written by  Chris Morgan (Fate of the Furious) and Drew Pearce (Hotel Artemis), Hobbs and Shaw (2019) is a high-octane and action-packed film based on the Fast and the Furious film franchise. Fans of the series know that no matter how many installments are added to the series, the film’s formula always manages to entertain audiences. While the other films in the series rely on heart and seriousness to fuel the films, Hobbs & Shaw relies on a lot of comedy and action-packed scenes to fuel the film. The comedy is made up of many different forms. In some cases, the comedy is delivered through fast and sometimes ridiculous banter between the two main characters. While in other cases, the comedy comes in the form of surprise cameos and perfectly timed side roads. In other words, this film is more fun than its predecessors which in turn results in a fast and upbeat pace to keep the audience engaged from start to finish. The story itself, easy picks up right where the last film left off and ends in a way that hints at new possibilities and twists for future films. All in all, this was a worthy installment that also managed to stand on its own.

     Most action films have a unique rhythm and pace that relies heavily upon the involvement of the characters. In turn, the film can also suffer if the actors fail to live up to what the story demands of the character. A few years ago, Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji 3) and Jason Statham (The Meg, Spy 2) became two of the most interesting characters of the franchise and that has not changed here. With their perfect chemistry and solid character delivery, Johnson and Statham are like a modern version of an old fashioned buddy comedy duo from the 80s and 90s. Idris Elba (Luther) was a pretty worthy and formidable villain for the two leading men and nearly matches them in the charisma department. Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) was incredible and at times she even stole the show from Johnson and Statham. The rest of the characters deliver great performances with their respective characters.

     Overall, Hobbs & Shaw (2019) is an entertaining, action-packed, comedic, and high-octane spin-off film that is a worthy addition in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The story is fun and provides a change of pace to the franchise, which is mostly comprised of serious films filled with heart. While the story may contain the same formula, the comedy takes on some different approaches that we have not seen from the franchise before. The cast performance was solid and made this film. All in all, this film was better than I expected and I was not disappointed. If your a fan of the series then I highly recommend this film.

Final Vote --- 8.9 of 10 stars

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