We went to a screening courtesy of Allied Media. All opinions are my own.
I have loved the Fast & Furious series since it premiered in 2001. Following Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (played by Paul Walker) and the rest of the Fast & Furious family. Dwayne Johnson joined the series in 2011 with Fast Five and I loved that addition. Jason Statham was introduced in Fast & Furious 6 alongside his brother Owen (played by Luke Evans). Then had a more leading role in Furious 7.
I love all the movies and watch them all, but Fast Five up to The Fate of the Furious has created a great storyline that I can’t wait to continue with Fast & Furious 9 next year (hopefully). In the meantime, we have an amazing spinoff movie Hobbs & Shaw that stars Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw.
The movie has a great beginning showing Hobbs and Shaw side by side in their routines until they get a phone call informing them about a new job. You are going to love who plays Locke (who is the one who calls Hobbs). He adds a lot of humor to the movie. There is also a surprise visit from another hilarious actor on the plane!
Idris Elba (who you know from Thor and Luther) does such a good job as Brixton. The combination of Elba, Johnson, and Statham in the movie in the action scenes worked well. All of the action scenes were great – the special effects and choreography had you sucked in because it was so realistic. There were a couple of places where you were like “Wha….” (a play on a scene from Captain America where he holds the chain on the airplane and the building – The Rock recreates towards the end of the movie) and a couple of other things like that. But they were funny and added that much more to the movie.
Hattie (played by Vanessa Kirby) brings that fun female element to a mostly male powered movie. She holds her own and brings a stable ground between Hobbs and Shaw who would rather kill each other than work together.
There is a lot of language in the movie. 1 – F word and several of the other main runners. A lot of innuendos, and crude talk between Hobbs and Shaw. So with that being said – I wouldn’t take anyone under 12 and maybe not under 14 to the movie.
The movie is action-packed pretty much from beginning to end with little chance for you to take a break. (so don’t drink too much ;). There is a constantly moving storyline which I loved because I didn’t feel a lull or like it was dragging.
The movie is now playing in theaters – so go on a date night (or girls night or guys night) and see it. It is packed with action, humor and a good storyline.
About Hobbs & Shaw
After eight films that have amassed more than $5 billion worldwide, The Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as DWAYNE JOHNSON and JASON STATHAM reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo has swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (IDRIS ELBA) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever—and bests Hattie (The Crown’s VANESSA KIRBY), a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent who just happens to be Shaw’s sister—these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
The film also stars CLIFF CURTIS (The Meg, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead) as Jonah Hobbs, Luke’s brother, and Academy Award® winner HELEN MIRREN as Deckard and Hattie’s mother, Queenie Shaw. Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
Directed by DAVID LEITCH (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) from a story by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect CHRIS MORGAN and a screenplay by Morgan and DREW PEARCE (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3), Hobbs & Shaw is produced by Johnson, Statham, Morgan and HIRAM GARCIA (Skyscraper, Rampage).
The executive producers are DANY GARCIA (Shazam!, Skyscraper), KELLY MCCORMICK (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde), ETHAN SMITH (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde), AINSLEY DAVIES (Bird Box) and STEVEN CHASMAN (The Transporter, The Bank Job). JONATHAN SELA (Deadpool 2, John Wick) is the film’s director of photography, DAVID SCHEUNEMANN (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) is the production designer and SARAH EVELYN (FX’s American Horror Story, Showtime’s Ray Donovan) is the costume designer.
Hobbs & Shaw is edited by Oscar® winner CHRISTOPHER ROUSE ACE (The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips), and the score is by TYLER BATES (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde). The supervising stunt coordinator is CHRIS O’HARA (Jurassic World, Venom) and the visual effects supervisor is DAN GLASS (Deadpool 2, Jupiter Ascending)