Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw were already absolute scene stealers in the “Fast & Furious” franchise. So it’s not surprising that… FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW A spin-off with the two of them is now being released – even though Vin Diesel originally didn’t agree with it. We’ll reveal how the film turned out in our review.
Vanessa Kirby proves to be an excellent newcomer to the “F&F” universe in the role of Hattie Shaw.
The plot summary
Since their first meeting, Secret Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and ostracized ex-elite soldier Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) have never missed an opportunity to make each other’s lives difficult – and not only do they leave words behind, but sometimes they do too their fists speak. When they learn of the threatening plans of the international terrorist Brixton (Idris Elba), they are forced to work together. Through genetic and cybernetic development, anarchist Brixton has perfected himself into an unbeatable opponent who even manages to overpower Shaw’s brilliant sister (Vanessa Kirby), a renegade MI6 agent. Neither Hobbs nor Shaw stand a chance against him alone, so the two adversaries have no choice but to throw themselves into battle together.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw Movie Meaning & ending
In a scene in the “Fast & Furious” spin-off “Hobbs & Shaw,” the two eternal competitors Luke and Deckard run through a giant underground garage in which one luxury car is lined up after the next. Hobbs, portrayed by Dwayne Johnson (“Skyscraper”) , remarks in his usual sly manner that someone has to compensate a lot here, before the scene dissolves into a charming punchline that we don’t want to anticipate at this point. Why do we start with this excerpt from the film? Because when we hear the word “compensation,” we not only think of the countless different vehicles in which the good and bad guys travel in “Hobbs & Shaw,” but above all of the history of the production. At first, “Fast & Furious” family head Vin Diesel expressed skepticism about a spin-off without his presence, shortly afterwards Tyrese Gibson also played the offended liverwurst and even blamed Dwayne Johnson himself for the fact that the start of “Fast & Furious 9” was due to The theatrical release of “Hobbs & Shaw” was pushed back by a whole year. None of this helped, but it casts a bad light on the cohesion of the crew, who always celebrate their “We Are Family” credo so passionately in front of the camera. But maybe it’s not so bad that the two besties of previous “F&F” films have now set themselves aside to do their own thing. The two of them no longer take all the chaos and nonsense around them so seriously.
Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba) has Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) under his control.
Several trailers for “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw” were released in advance. Including one that ran for just under four minutes. Compared to the two and a quarter hours that the film ultimately clocks in, that’s not a lot. But at the same time, the trailer seemed to foreshadow the entire bizarreness of the film; from an escape on foot along a mirror-smooth house wall to a rescue maneuver in which Dwayne “Muskelberg” Johnson keeps a helicopter on the ground with just his muscle strength (!). And since the two previous films “Fast & Furious 7” and “Fast & Furious 8” were already a huge hit, it becomes gradually more difficult for each subsequent franchise part to top the previous one. And we already have a small setback for the inclined “F&F” audience: “Hobbs & Shaw” does not offer a further increase in the Gaga stunts of the previous films. Although Hobbs, Shaw and their adversary Brixton (aka “The Bad One”, aka “Black Superman”) engage in some outrageous fights and chases, the last bit of madness is missing. Maybe that’s because you’ve already seen Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in pretty much every (im)possible situation in life and no amount of outrageous scenery can shock you anymore. But perhaps it is simply due to director David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde”) , who, in case of doubt, prefers to rely on a high-quality staging of the fight choreography rather than always adding one more thing.
After his Keanu Reeves action vehicle , the co-director behind the first “John Wick” enjoyed a stellar career as Hollywood’s “man for the rough.” After “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2,” he doesn’t skimp on violence in “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.” His new film isn’t particularly explicit, but unlike many comparable PG-13 action films, you can hear and see a lot of noise here, even in close-up. The finale in particular immediately brings back memories of Leitch’s debut work. Nevertheless, the filmmaker sometimes seems overwhelmed by his own style. The staging of the individual action set pieces ranges from minimalistic and rough, such as the final fight, to crazy and playful, to cool and crazy – as if Leitch wanted to demonstrate his complete range as a director and choreographer, which is what “Hobbs & Show” does in terms of staging sometimes makes it look like piecemeal – this also applies to the use of computer effects, which sometimes look really strong, sometimes pretty poor. This even varies in places within a single scene. Each stunt has its own qualities, but the elements cannot yet fit together to form a larger whole. To put it more positively, this also makes the film extremely entertaining.
And that’s quite important for a 138-minute monster; especially when the film pushes forward a very flat story apart from its action scenes. One can’t help but suspect a wink when the characters here utter words like “virus extraction device”; It’s as if they had just thought it up. Because you have to be honest: In the best franchise style, this is once again not about why the main characters have to get from A to B, but above all about how. These are joined by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – both once again in great form and never at a loss to laugh at each other, but above all at themselves – the no less tough Vanessa Kirby. The blonde beauty already showed off her fighting skills in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and, as a rogue MI6 agent, looks as if she had stumbled straight from “Fallout” onto the next film set. The British actress doesn’t just dish it out, she enhances even the most brutal man-on-man fight with delicate moves, thereby providing variety when isolated action scenes threaten to get lost in redundancy. Helen Mirren, on the other hand, seems a little wasted (“Anna”), who only appears behind bars in the role of Shaw’s mother Queenie for a few short scenes. At least David Leitch can make up for this dissatisfaction by coming up with some unexpected cameos that no one really saw coming. And we don’t mean the rumor that John Wick himself will appear in “Hobbs & Shaw.” Mini spoiler: He doesn’t!
Conclusion: With “Hobbs & Shaw”, director David Leitch reduces the crazy overkill of the previous “Fast & Furious” films and instead focuses primarily on varied choreographed stunts and the outstanding chemistry within the trio of main actors. A round thing.
“Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from August 1st.