This Week: Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
So in 2015 when Furious 7 came out, I ended up burning through all the Fast & Furious movies that I hadn’t seen. I saw The Fast and The Furious at one point during my first run at college. Then when I went back to school in 2009, I ended up buying a collection of Fast and Furious movies out at the time, which I think went up to Fast and Furious. I watched 2 Fast 2 Furious then avoided watching ANY of the other movies because I hated it.
So I burned through Tokyo Drift to Fast 6(or whatever) in about a week. I even posted mini reviews for the movies. I actually finished watching the very end of Fast 6 AS the opening credits for Furious 7 was starting.
I had planned on seeing F8 of the Furious in theaters, but just didn’t. Then I kept hearing all the behind the scenes drama and just put it off forever.
When I started hearing about Hobbs & Shaw, I initially thought it was a stupid idea. Then I saw the trailers and thought it looked pretty entertaining.
Then I started hearing more behind the scenes nonsense about negotiations for screen time and time looking “bad ass.” I am really getting tired of all this behind the scenes crap.
However, I decided that I was going to see Hobbs & Shaw, so I needed to go ahead and see F8 of the Furious.
F8 of the Furious Review: It was okay. Ultimately I am tapped out on Vin Diesel. I have never cared much for him in the movies, and his whole talk of “Family” is annoying as hell. I felt it was kind of weak writing to kill off Vin Diesel’s son’s mother just to make it easier on Vin and his wife that forgot she was married to him last movie. It was neat to see Vin VS the Team, but it was kind of meh over all.
Now on to Hobbs and Shaw.
I gotta say, this was more fun for me than the other films. Mainly because the impulse to bring in as many cars as possible was taken out. Yes there were a few car chase scenes, but they felt organic. They were based on escape, not “let’s over complicate this mission by doing EVERYTHING from the seat of your car. I think the action was great and RYAN F***ING REYNOLDS! Stabs a guy with an effing BRICK!
I will say that despite the behind the scenes nonsense, I did not feel it impact the film. Unlike in F8 of the Furious where the behind the scenes drama clearly impacted the film and made scenes awkward.
I don’t think I have THAT much more to say, it’s a Fast and Furious movie. It is action, and we get a decent villain in Idris Elba, because he is generally always good. He’s Black Superman!
It’s fun, check it out. Stay for after credits scenes.
Next Week: Judy. Yeah, I managed to sneak one more in.