Films,  Review

Hobbs and Shaw – Review

I have been chomping at the bit waiting for this to come out. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham versus Idris Elba in the Fast and Furiousverse.  I’ve never really been into F and F but I can literally watch and enjoy anything with Dwayne Johnson in and I am not sure how.

Small warning this film is 2hr15 mins long and whilst there is plenty of action and it doesn’t drag I was starting to feel it.

Hobbs and Shaw is your odd-couple buddy movie, where these two dislike each other but have to work together to save Vanessa Kirby’s character who plays Shaw’s sister Hattie. Something in the past went down which means that Deckard (Shaw) and Hattie don’t speak and there is a fab cameo from Helen Mirren, who appears to be out for the giggles in this.

Add into the mix unexpected Ryan Reynolds as a CIA agent who is basically there to tease Hobbs and is riffing the Deadpool patter.

Idris as the villain Brixton is everything you want him to be.  I was waiting for the ‘I’m black Superman’ line because it had been trailed so heavily.

The film quips and punches and explodes its way around London and eventually Samoa where Hobbs is reunited with his family and more backstory.

This film is pure popcorn fluff.  It’s funny it has ridiculous stunts and if the media is believed a quota on just how badly Dwayne Johnson and Jason can be beaten up.  Brixton is a strong presence in the film and Vanessa Kirby never is relegated to a sexy lamp.  Although the age gap between Statham and Kirby is a good 20 years so the whole sibling thing feels off likewise the age gap between Kirby and Johnson is about 15 years. Hollywood needs to take a look at itself.  

Those groans aside. It’s a rip-roaring adventure, it is an absolute pleasure watching Dwayne Johnson do the Haka. It heavily hinted there will be a sequel and I am ready to watch it.

Jane Hanmer

Born in deepest darkest Shropshire. Currently living in London. A reader of books, a watcher of theatre and film, a player of board games. Intersectional Feminist Pronouns: She/her

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