Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Dwayne JohnsonJason StathamIdris Elba

Director: David Leitch • Year: 2019
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 • My Rating: 5/5

“I’m what you might call a champagne problem.” ~ Deckard Shaw

My Review

Obviously I think this is the perfect Summer action movie. Not only is it a spin-off of a franchise I love very much, it features F&F alumni Johnson and Statham, as the titular Hobbs & Shaw. The only thing that could top this would be the addition of a super-hot super villain: step up Mr Elba, AKA Brixton, AKA Black Superman.

Oh but it’s not just about the holy trinity. Vanessa Kirby does sterling work as Hattie Shaw, sister of Deckard and daughter of the amazing Queenie (Helen Mirren). In fact she more or less steals the show. CIA Operative Hattie is hot on the heels of a team of techno terrorists when she is forced to take potentially lethal action. To stop a deadly virus getting into the wrong hands, she injects it directly into her own body and becomes public enemy #1 – portrayed as a traitor to her firm and the security of the world, she’s now on the run with almost nowhere to turn.

Almost.

Step in the boys who are less than thrilled to be back in each other’s orbits. In fact, it’s questionable they’ll ever be able to put their differences aside to actually get shit done. But Shaw’s not going to give up on his sister, even though they’ve been estranged for a long time. When he works out who the leader of the group is, the level of threat they’re dealing with becomes unmistakable – and they have little choice but to tolerate each other at least for the time being.

And Brixton isn’t just any nemesis. He’s a genetically engineered super-soldier, unbeatable in almost every way – though his faceless puppeteer has the power to shut him down any time – unless he successfully enlists our heroes into the fold. Will he turn their heads with the promise of ultimate power? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Well, H&S has everything you need. Witty bants between Frowny and The Rock, steamy chemistry via Hattie and Hobbs – cars, explosions, muscles. It’s amazing and fun – the ultimate popcorn movie – and frankly, I can’t wait to see it again. As shit hits the fan in massive bursts, our newly assembled trio have to find a way to get off the grid, get the virus out of Hattie before it enters her bloodstream – and prepare for war.

If only there were some sort of an island setting for them to escape to? Maybe an endless supply of FAMILY SPIRIT to keep them motivated?

My Comments

My favourite parts of this movie are… all of them. While I am biased AF, I truly believe in the sentiments of this neo-action classic. Sure it’s big, brash and slick – but it has its heart in the right place and I love it for that. I want to know so much more about the Shaw Family, while a spin-off of Somoan island life would be incredible.

I’m not sorry at all that I love the fuck out of Jason Statham movies. He’s supremely watchable on the big screen, an actor who knows his limitations and has pure star power (and an awesome physical grace). He’s no Sir Ian McKellen and that’s fine – I’ll always love him for who he is. Meanwhile, Johnson brings his likeability to yet another big budget blockbuster and God bless him. He’s so comforting and the chemistry between the two just works.

My final word on this is that I’m newly obsessed with Vanessa Kirby and I demand more of her as action hero. She’s incredible.

What are you watching?

Some Kind of Wonderful

imageAbout cocking time is all I can say to the news that my main girl is finally getting her own film.

I mean Jesus, she’s been kicking about since the 1940’s, around the time the first rumours of a motion picture began (jks).

Wonder Woman was, of course quite busy in the late seventies and then… not so much.

Sure she’s been keeping herself occupied on the page but while Superman, Batman and all their (male) pals have enjoyed numerous (sometimes tedious) reboots, she’s been languishing in production hell.

And no, the wonderfully camp 2011 TV movie starring Liz Hurley as the baddie doesn’t count. Even if it was hilarious and tried to take a different tack by making Diana Prince a public figure, rather than Wonder Woman’s secret alter-ego.

Anyway, it pissed me off to learn that my Queen would be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) played by Fast & Furious‘ (2009-2015) Gal Gadot. I mean why does she have to play with the boys first?

Now I’m over that (just), I can only be excited. I will be in line at the multiplex for BvS, though I haven’t got much faith that it will be any good (Batfleck? Really?). Make no mistake, I’m there for the WW action only – and so far I’m holding out hope.

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Go Gal!

As for the actress playing what could be the greatest role of all time, I don’t know much about her. I can’t remember much about her from the few F&F films I’ve seen but I’m told she’s good (Meghan of That’s Lightletainment! is a fan).

Plus she spent 2 years in the Israeli army, which makes her something of a warrior in my eyes – exactly what Princess Diana of Themyscira is. It’s a start.

So I’m getting ready to settle down and enjoy my favourite comic character finally on the screen she deserves, in her own origin tale and then subsequent Justice League films (2017 – onwards).

I expect her to be sticking it to the men and staying true to her feminist roots. Finally finally.

*FIST PUMP*