Director: David Leitch
Writers: Chris Morgan (story by), Chris Morgan (screenplay by)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba
Moviie Couple here! We went to see Hobbs and Shaw this weekend! Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies! We’re here to tell you if we liked it. Film experts we are not! Just a quick reminder of our rating system. Mrs. Moviie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out. we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system. 1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money! 3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent! 5-6 Bills equal Wow! Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter! Please take our money again!
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is a spinoff from the most surprising mega franchise in Hollywood not to feature people in spandex or capes! Directed by David Leitch of Deadpool 2 fame and featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham reprising their roles as Lawman Luke Hobbs and Rogue MI6 agent Deckard Shaw from the Fast and the Furious films, this movie brings the two characters in conflict with super soldier Brixton Lore. Lore works for the evil organization known only as Eteon. Eteon is after a killer virus known as Snowflake, that just so happens to be in the possession of Shaw’s sister, MI6 agent Hattie Shaw played by Vanessa Kirby. Hattie is on the run…..Wait does any of this really matter? Who cares? We are all here to watch Johnson and Statham trade smack talk, out “tough guy” each other, kick loads of ass while driving very fast cars and probably save the world a few times before the closing credits! A plot is secondary to what the audience really wants to see. Everyone wants to see the mountain of muscles with the eyebrow and the 100 watt smile that is The Rock, team up with the martial arts madness, gravely voice and shark scaring smirk of Jason Statham as they face off against the man who really should be James Bond! So is it any good? Does it deliver what it promises? Let’s grab some guns, put the pedal to the metal and cue the explosions! It’s time to find out!
Mr. Moviie Couple: This movie will never be compared to Schindler’s List or Out of Africa, but it isn’t trying to be. It is more than aware of what type of film it is and is proud in letting that flag fly! Sure we get a bit (and I mean a sliver of a bit) of drama. We learn of Luke Hobbs family issues, we learn about the Shaw siblings and their life growing up. This is a Fast and Furious movie after all, so the theme of family is almost obligatory by now, but that’s not the point here for real.
This film won’t redefine the action genre in the way John Wick did years ago, but again it’s not trying to be anything other than what it is, a buddy action comedy for this generation. In that aspect it succeeds. Johnson is, well…..Johnson. He has his persona down pat by now. He knows what his audience wants from him and he makes sure they are never disappointed. Statham does the same, he gives his fans exactly what they want from him. The standout is Ms. Kirby. She shined in Mission Impossible: Fallout, but that role was just a sampler. Here she shows she can stand toe to toe with two of the biggest male action stars of our day. She is a star and proves it here running and even outpacing the big dogs. Elba has the thankless role here. As he describes himself in his introduction when asked who he is: “Bad Guy” pretty much says it all and there is little else to it. As a presence that can face off with the twin poster boys for cinema machismo, Elba is a great choice, but still he deserves more to do. Elba is an actor on a level Johnson and Statham would need a step ladder to even see, let alone achieve, but he never gets to show it here.
All that being said, the movie delivers on the expected action and gives us a modern throwback to the buddy cop films of the eighties. One scene even has Hattie sitting at a computer with a poster of the classic 48 Hours on the wall. The scene is very apropos as Hobbs and Shaw comes very close to a mix of those forgotten films as if you crossed Lethal Weapon with the effects and action of a modern Avengers film! To that point Kevin Hart provides a role very reminiscent of Joe Pesci in the Lethal Weapon series. Hart, along with Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren show up and add a bit of gravitas to the production.
I appreciated Hobbs and Shaw for hitting the mark they were aiming for. The jokes got a little ham fisted and many of the put downs between the leads were either written by or overheard in a high school boys locker room, but the action delivers in a big way. The plot gets lost a bit, if you think too hard about it you’ll be taking the fun out of it. Of course we are left with a cliffhanger of sorts as the mysterious leader of Eteon promises to see Hobbs and Shaw again (I think I have an idea which actor will be playing the mastermind, but I’ll keep my guess to myself as that particular actor has been burning the “CANDLE” at both ends lately and I may be wrong). I only hope if the duo does come back, we get a bit more of the family drama mixed in with the copious fight scenes.
So as a modern tribute or update to the great action comedies of the eighties I enjoyed Hobbs and Shaw. Who knew you could dust off the old Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop blueprints add in a little Vanessa Kirby as the new Renee Russo and it could work again! Hobbs and Shaw gets 4 Bills not for breaking any new ground, but for mining some old ground with a modern flair. Pretty Good, maybe you’ll like it, but don’t expect to come away challenged, just put your seat belt on and enjoy the ride!
Mrs. Moviie Couple: *Sigh* I try and say something positive about every movie. I understand all the hard work that each person puts into each and every production, but this is going to be tough for me.
-There is a reason I have NEVER seen a Fast and the Furious movie. I have watched my hubbie and sons both go to the theatre and watch many of the films in this series at home, but not once have I seen one in its entirety. Maybe a scene or two with The Rock as I was passing through the living room, just to be fair, but that is all. Well now that I have seen this part of the series, I am glad to say my past decisions have been vindicated! Uggh! I am not an action film girl! It’s just not for me! I thought I was over Superhero movies, but I’ll take another Avengers or Shazam over another Fast and Furious anyday!
The actors as far as action actors go were phenomenal! Especially Vanessa Kirby! She more than held her own with these two intimidating male specimens!
-This just is not my kind of movie. But different strokes for different folks! I must say the fans that like action driven films will really enjoy it. There was a round of applause in the theatre once it ended that was so loud it snapped me out of the punching and explosion numbness that had consumed me nearly a half hour into the movie. Johnson is a true star and still has a killer smile! I can’t wait to see him in Jumanji 2!
I give this movie 1.5 Bills! Just mind numbing action and not much else, even The Rock couldn’t save this picture for me. Just stay home and wait to see it on demand with some pizza and a six pack! On the way home, I spoke about how Johnson and Statham’s roles have grown from their appearances in the previous Fast and Furious movies. I told Mrs. Moviie Couple how Staham had started as a villain in one of them and now he’s just one of the good guys. She just turned up the radio and asked me why I was still talking about “That film”.
Yikes! I told her my theory on who I believe the mysterious mastermind was and she just gave me “The Look”, there wasn’t much movie conversation after that! My 4 Bills and the Mrs. 1.5 Bills, adds up to a rounded down average of 2.5 Bills for Hobbs and Shaw. Just barely a Meh average. Agree to disagree I guess. When it comes to movies like this Mr. Moviie Couple is from Mars and Mrs. Moviie Couple is from Venus or something like that.
So until next time, remember Summer Blockbusters are wrapping up, but the movie season never ends! Be sure to check out our Twitter or Facebook for a clue to our next movie review. Mr. & Mrs. Moviie Couple out!