Reel Reviews

By Joshua Simpskins

The Spin-off. Unlike reboots, which as you may remember I’m not a huge fan of, spin-offs can be engaging, entertaining, and highly enjoyable. Some of the greatest television programs were spawned from other outstanding shows, such as The Jeffersons came from All in the Family, Frazier from Cheers, and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This tactic is also used in cinema. Sometimes it works well, such as The Scorpion King. Sometimes it fails, like Evan Almighty; and sometimes you really hope it prevails, but sadly does not—X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now the prolific Fast & Furious franchise has taken two of its most well received characters and gifted them a spin-off cinematic adventure with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw—starring Dwayne Johnson (Fighting with My Family), Jason Statham (The Meg), Idris Elba (Avengers: Infinity War), and Vanessa Kirby (Mr. Jones).
Hobbs & Shaw follows the two title characters, lawman Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and outlaw Deckard Shaw (Statham), as the two are unwillingly paired together to—once again—save the world. When Shaw’s estranged sister Hattie (Kirby), a freshly burned SAS agent, steals a deadly virus from cyber-genetically enhanced would-be Super-villain Brixton (Elba), the CIA recruit the unlikely duo of Hobbs and Shaw to retrieve the virus and put an end to Brixton’s wave of terror attacks. Unbeknownst to our heroes, Brixton is just the Agent of Chaos for a far more sinister source. Putting family above all Hobbs and Shaw put aside their differences and get a little old school in order to thwart the high-tech, loose cannon menace of Brixton.
Hobbs & Shaw was much better than I expected; an amazing F&F spin-off to say the least. The entire crew deserve much gratitude for such a thrilling ride. The cast is incredible. The chemistry between Johnson and Statham was on point. Their banter and dialogue are hilarious. Idris Elba was the perfect “Black Superman” and his interactions with the other leads was pure gold. Plus, there are actor cameos galore, which were brilliant and unexpected. I won’t name names because they are all uncredited, but two are worth mentioning: one is a CIA Agent and the other an Air Marshal. The action scenes, continuing in the tradition of the F&F franchise by upping the stakes, were sometimes over-the-top, but they are so much fun to watch. Hobbs & Shaw has everything you could want from an action-packed shoot’em up, summer movie. Now grab your crew and your family and go have some fun at the movies.