Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – Love It; Hate It; Stupid Fun

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: Sometimes you watch a movie because it is simply fun. A film isn’t new or original, but easy entertainment. “Hobbs and Shaw” is exactly that type of film. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the film. The action scenes were well executed and the addition of the strong female character, offset the two men well. The last quarter of “H&S” weighs down the entire movie; a sudden change in time and weather and then the extremity of the impossible feats. If you love the Rock and Statham, this is a must-watch for all others, wait until this hits one of your favorite movie channels.

Plot: Shaw’s (Jason Statham) sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) has been injected with a virus that can destroy the world. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw must retrieve the virus before the cyborg villain Hattie (Idris Elba) and save the world.

Summary: The film is too long, running at 2 hours and 17 minutes, and there 30 minutes extra that I didn’t need. Tightening the dialogue to reveal backstories quicker would have improved. This includes the time in Samoa.

The introduction to Hobbs and Shaw was perfect for this type of movie. Fast, to the point and quick. The introduction of Shaw’s sister, Hattie was the same. Then we were treated to the McClaren car chase through London. Loved it. Why? Because the action was borderline believable action.

Unfortunately, the movie went downhill from there. The last scenes; were complete nonsense. I am good with the setup and the trickery; that I actually liked. But then, we start the battle when it is dark, but next scene we are battling in the dawn of the morning; next scene total daylight; oh, now the storm is and we have the mano y mano battle; oh hey, end of the movie; beautiful Somoa again. This with the Rock holding a chain between a truck and a helicopter, too much man.

I thought I would hate Vanessa Kirby’s character, but she surprisingly was strong and independent. I liked the character addition. If you have a powerful female character, why do we have to dress her up like she is out for a night on the town? That was how she looked for the assault on the Russian base. Also, where did her bruises go from the day one battle? She heals fast. These little items detract from the power the bestowed upon her.

Oh, one more huge laugh. Shaw and Hattie are brother and sister, but it is easy to see they are at least 20 years in age difference. Either find a younger actor or older actress. Or I guess a different storyline. How about a niece?

This is an action lovers movie. If you expect and accept that is the “Hobbs and Shaw” is you will love this film.