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Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a whole lot of movie. At its best it’s a well-executed action romp while it’s worst is a slog through a shaky script and headache inducing fight scenes.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham the other titular hero Deckard Shaw. The two characters have been spun out from the Fast & Furious franchise, making their way into their own big-screen jaunt thanks to the franchise’s ability to make Universal a lot of box office cash.
The duo must take on Idris Elba’s genetically-enhanced Brixton, a fairly flat villain that sees the Luther star at his least charismatic but certainly most badass. Vanessa Kirby plays Shaw’s sister Hattie and in doing so walks a strange line between being underutilised and making for an excellent addition to the story. Hobbs & Shaw also features Helen Mirren who in her two minutes of screen time is understandably great but plays a role that you have to assume was added at the last minute because the filmmakers found out they could get Helen Mirren.
This summer’s all-out action movie, Hobbs & Shaw requires little to no thinking. The storyline of the film is almost inconsequential and from start to finish, it’s fairly predictable. This isn’t a movie that’s going to set critics’ minds off in a frenzy to find ways to describe its brilliance, but for many it’s going to hit the spot.
Everyone and everything in Hobbs & Shaw is as expected. There are no surprises as far as character development goes and the elements you expect to be good are as such. What that means is that as an audience member, you’re able to go to the cinema, switch off your brain for two hours and watch The Rock and The Transporter do what The Rock and The Transporter do best.
Being a Brit, I feel as though I have to call the interactions between the titular characters ‘banter.’ But as someone who likes a script to move storylines along or develop characters, I’ll need to have a think about what else I can call it. The insults slung around the lengthy running time are nowhere near as inventive as something like Deadpool but they do, if you look hard enough, appear to be comedy.