Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is a Fantastic Pit Stop

“I’m trying to save the world, which, for the record, will be my fourth time. ‘Cause I’m really good at it.”


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Solomon Kenworthy

     Hobbs and Shaw was released in 2019 and directed by David Leitch. The film stars Dywane “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba. Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw must work together in order to stop a cyber-tech organization from getting a virus that could wipe out human life. 

     Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham return, as Hobbs and Shaw respectively, in the new Fast and Furious spin off Hobbs and Shaw. The duo’s chemistry is a joy to watch on screen. It’s clear that if anyone else was in these roles, the movie would not work in the slightest bit. If you would like to know more background for these characters, you can watch the old Fast and Furious movies, but you can watch the movie just fine without knowing the other movies existed. The new cast is good as well. Venassa Kirby as Hattie, does a great job. We’re actually given a reason behind why she’s good in combat situations, instead of, “just because.” Brixton, played by Idris Elba, is very over the top. That part works for the movie, but we’re not really given enough time with him to understand why he does what he does. 

     Hobbs and Shaw is funny, with lots of one liners to keep the audience entertained. There are plenty of plot holes, story flaws, and continuity errors. For example, there is one action that the time of day changes, just because. Things just happen in the movie for no reason. The movie’s dialogue is 75% exposition, 20% Hobbs and Shaw banter, 5% cliche dialogue. It’s not clever in its exposition either, it’s very in your face. 

     The action is where the movie shines. You feel every punch, but you have to take all sense of realism out to really enjoy the action. The action is shot really well, you can see everything that’s happening in a shot. There are a few times during scenes where characters are talking, that they used the same shots as they had 20 seconds ago. Visual flaws like these won’t take away from viewers’ experience though.

     In one sentence, Hobbs and Shaw is the best 80’s movie since Rocky IV, and the best buddy cop movie made since Die Hard with a Vengeance


[My grade for Hobbs and Shaw is a C+]