Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a hot mess of a film.  Ranging from highly entertaining through to damn right stupid (often in the same scene… hell same FRAME), it’s a film that throws everything at the audience with little care on whether it lands or not because hey, there’s something bigger coming.  Look! Look at the next thing! Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do what they can with what they are given and certainly are at their best when exchanging one of the many dick jokes at each other.   Idris Elba, meanwhile, seems to be in a different film altogether saddled with his ‘Black Superman’ role whilst female lead and MI6 standout Vanessa Kirby seems to have walked in from the set of Mary Poppins with her dogey as hell cockney accent.  But it’s all about the action and when the film sticks to fist fight scenes its never less than good fun. It’s just all the CGI laden car/bike/chase stuff where it started to loose me.   By the time the film get’s the Samoa set ending, the film starts to work over time to get you back on board, but I was left feeling drained and exhausted by the time I left.  So I hated it right? Well no. It’s almost impossible to hate ANYTHING Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do but wow the film does push that about as far as it can.

Best Bit: Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: If you ARE going to watch it do it in Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Jason Statham cinema

If You Liked this Try: Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7

 


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Blog: Furious 7 (aka Fast & The Furious 7) – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Furious 7 (aka Fast & The Furious 7) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m a big fan of this franchise, a franchise which has massively improved since the shaky original sequels (2,3,4,).  So I was looking forward to some brainless fun, albeit one with the added gravitas of being Paul Walkers last film.   Was I disappointed?  Yes. And No.  So let’s start with the yes:  it’s stupid and messy, the story made no sense and felt very disjointed (probably partly due to Walker’s death).  It also has a terrible script, mostly made up of over macho one liners.  It’s also too long, turning into a silly Expendables film by the end.  Oh and there’s not enough Rock.  So that’s the bad.  Onto the good: all this aside it was great fun for the most part, with some stunning action sequences (although never better than when it’s ‘roided man Vs’ ‘roided man).  They handled Walkers death well with a great final payoff, Statham was brilliant and the ‘Walker’ double / Tony Jaa final fight was excellent considering the limitations.  Oh and it has probably one of the bets openings of a film in recent memory.  It aint a classic,  it’s probably the 4th best Fast film but one well worth seeing.

Best Bit: The opening.  Rock Vs Statham.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent.

If You Liked this Try: Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, The Fast & the Furious 

 

Author: Phil Hobden