Hobbs & Shaw Review

If you have never seen a F&F film, worry not, Hobbs & Shaw is a noob-friendly spin-off. 

Here sits a man that has never seen a movie from the Fast & Furious (F&F) franchise – until now.  I have heard a lot about F&F from friends and videos online, but I know very little about the series (something, something, #justiceforhan).  So, one thing I was mildly concerned about going into Hobbs & Shaw was if I would be totally lost from the start.  Well, I’m happy to say that was not the case.  If you have never seen a F&F film, worry not, Hobbs & Shaw is a noob-friendly spin-off. 

The spoiler-free premise behind this movie is a classic.  Two guys who don’t get along very well are on a mission to save the world.  Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) share a history and a distaste for each other.  They are not quick to set aside their differences, and even though more is at stake than pride, that does not stop two witty tough guys from having a bit of fun at each other’s expense.  In a nutshell, that’s what this movie is all about.  Two men, one goal, and plenty of explosions and laughs along the way. 

There are lot of moments that are totally unbelievable and yet totally awesome to watch on screen…

My initials thoughts about this movie are very positive.  The most entertaining parts are the characters interacting with each other.  Along with our previously mentioned leads, you have phenomenal talent in our villain, Idris Elba, and Shaw’s sister, Vanessa Kirby.  The banter between the characters is charming, and their mission is compelling, even if it’s a bit typical.  I also really enjoyed the action sequences in this film.  There are lot of moments that are totally unbelievable and yet totally awesome to watch on screen (I’m thinking about a specific moment involving a tow truck and a helicopter right now).  The CGI was very heavy and obvious at times, but I kind of don’t mind that in action movies like Hobbs & Shaw.

The movie is not without its faults, but honestly, not a lot bothered me.  The pacing was a bit fast at times (no pun intended), and I did mistakenly think the movie was coming to an end somewhere around the 2/3 mark.   I realized right then that there was a lot from the trailers I had not seen yet, and then the movie found its stride again.  There were definitely a few jokes that fell flat for me as well.  That’s about it for criticism, though. 

I think the best compliment I can gives this movie is that I am excited for the sequel, and it makes me want to check out what I missed in The Fast & Furious.

The way I like to judge movies is to ask this simple question: did the movie tell the story that the filmmakers wanted to tell, in the way they wanted to tell it.  In a well put together film, you can tell what the filmmakers were really going for.  Sometimes they are spot on, and sometimes they fall short.  I think Hobbs & Shaw was a spot on telling of the story and vibe that the producers were going for.  It was funny, witty, action packed and even had a couple of cameos that audiences are sure to enjoy.  I think the best compliment I can gives this movie is that I am excited for the sequel, and it makes me want to check out what I missed in The Fast & Furious.

Noob Rating: 4/5

Branson Greer | Senior Movie Noob

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