Last April, I made a list of the Top Ten Movies to See Summer 2019. Hobbs & Shaw was number nine on the list, due to its release date. Number ten was The New Mutants, which has been postponed yet again, this time to 2020. So, my Top Ten became Top Nine.
Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-off from the Fast and the Furious franchise, thanks to behind the scenes tension between Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel and Universal’s desire not to lose one of the biggest movie stars in the world over some bullshit and keep their longest running series going. I missed the first movie of the franchise when it opened in theaters, but I have seen every other one on the big screen thanks to the first movie’s DVD release including a coupon to see 2 Fast, 2 Furious for free. So, I’m a fan, I know what to expect when I go to these things.
There’s over the top action. Some humor. A bit of wit, maybe. Big name stars. A very loose relationship with physics. And, lately, an over the top stupid scifi plot device, in this case, artificial enhancement of humanity to create a super man.
So, Hobbs & Shaw didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed it.
Two big celebrity cameos – Ryan Reynolds as the CIA agent that recruits Hobbs to save the world from a deadly virus, without knowing that there’s a bigger threat and Kevin Hart as an air marshal that wants oh so badly to be a third wheel on the Hobbs & Shaw bromantic getaway. Reynolds brings his Deadpool A-Game to the role, that’s for sure. And Kevin Hart is there. Dude is already small, and he has to kneel down in an airplane aisle for his first of two appearances. That’s just messed up.
Idris Elba’s villain is pretty cool, though I think the self-driving, transforming motorcycle his character uses is some bullshit.
Nice to see Helen Mirren continue with the franchise.
I didn’t care much for Vanessa Kirby as Shaw’s sister. She seemed to have zero chemistry with Johnson, too, even though its setup as a love interest in the film. And I really don’t get her as an opponent going up against a former WWE wrestler.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, be sure to stay as the movie continues even as the end credits start to roll, there’s a midcredit bonus with spoilers for HBO’s Game of Thrones, and there’s an end credit bonus scene, as well.
I meant to get out to see this in IMAX, but I kept cancelling my AMC Stubs reservation, and this past Wednesday was the last day for the IMAX showings in Tyler. So, I wound up at a regular 2D show at the AMC Lufkin.