Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw drives into cinemas this week, and with this being the 9th installment in the franchise that just doesn’t care how crazy the action gets, this is the first proper spin-off with none of the original cast. Can this one live up to the hype of the billion-dollar franchise?
This article will contain major spoilers, so please make sure you have seen the film before reading. If you haven’t, you can always check out our three ups and three downs of the previous film in the franchise.
Up 1: Cameos
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw does manage to pull off three huge cameos that weren’t leaked, much like how the last film surprised us with the appearance of Helen Mirren and the return of Luke Evans. In this film, we get actors that work well in the comic side of the film with Ryan Reynolds appearing as a CIA agent, who could easily be back for a sequel and Kevin Hart as an air marshal trying to get into a bigger agency. Both these comedians along with Rob Delaney will get most of the biggest laughs in the film.
Down 1: Bickering
Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson spend most of the film trading insults. Sure this does get a few laughs, but it does seem to hold up the film in places. In the last film, the two do the same thing but have slowly started to get respect for each other. In this outing, we seem to forget certain moments of respect between the two. Most of the time we seem to stop any sort of story going on just so the two can throw out three or four insults each way instead of getting on with what they need to target. People can get a few laughs out of it, but it just doesn’t need to be there.
Up 2: Vanessa Kirby
Vanessa Kirby is the newest addition to the Shaw family. She is the younger sister of Deckard in the film. Hattie is an MI6 agent who gets framed, so just like the rest of the characters in the film, she is as kickass as any of them, potentially being the most hands-on female character in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. We could question the age of her character given the fact Vanessa is 21 years younger than Jason Statham and the two are meant to have grown up together, but that is a different discussion. The biggest compliment to give Vanessa and the character of Hattie is that she could have worked with just one of the male characters and never looked out of place. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the action world for her now.
Down 2: Owen Shaw
Owen Shaw was the villain in Fast & Furious 6 whose actions brought Deckard into the franchise. We got a surprise appearance in Fast & Furious 8, which hinted he could and should be returning to the franchise, with this film being an easy step into the side universe. We don’t get a proper mention of him in this film, let alone an appearance. To make things feel worse is the fact Queenie (Helen Mirren) makes a big point that Deckard should bring the family back together and she doesn’t even mention him.
Up 3: The Action
The action in the film is purely entertaining to watch. We have car chases through London, ending with a brilliant maneuver which sees somebody thrown through a double-decker bus. We have an action sequence in a blowing-up nuclear plant with even crazier over-the-top chases, and Brixton proving just how hard he will be to kill. While the trailer does give away nearly every single action sequence in the film, which does disappoint, they did manage to keep the closing sequence secret which is a very different tone to what we are used to seeing in this franchise.
Down 3: The Music Choices
When it comes to the action sequences involving the car chases, we do seem to get an awful choice of music which doesn’t fit the tone of the action either. This is here to hide the dialogue in the film, which isn’t needed but does take away from the screeching of tires and brakes.
What were your ups and downs from Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw?
Darren starting writing for films at Movies Reviews 101. He joined the Ready Steady Cut team in 2018 and is a proud member of the LAMB (Large Association of movie bloggers).