Guess we know what our weekend plans will be, because the critics are finally chiming in on the new ‘Fast and Furious’ spin-off ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ and the reviews are mostly positive.
The film appropriately titled ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,’ hits theaters on August 2 and finds Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their roles as law enforcement diplomatic security agent Luke Hobbs and assassin Deckard Shaw.
The action pic follows Hobbs and Shaw as they face a new type of enemy, a cyber-genetically enhanced villain played by Idris Elba, appropriately casted I must say.
‘The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy says that although a lot of aging franchises can become “tired, repetitive, cobwebby” over time, this offshoot avoids those traps.
McCarthy adds that the film feels “constantly on the move at a clip faster than James Bond” and the “fast-flying antagonistic banter” between Johnson and Statham adds to the appeal. McCarthy does note that the only flaw was the confusing the climax with Hobbs and Shaw having not one but two end battles with Elba’s villainous Lorr.
‘IndieWire’s Eric Kohn highlights the franchise for being “culturally ahead
of the curve with its diverse cast” and notes that it was enjoyable to see Johnson return to his Samoan homeland, where he says,
“Where a blend of island rituals and family bonding actually generates some glimmers of real emotion.”
Chris Klimek of ‘NPR‘ even compares Johnson and Statham to Vin Diesel describing the two as “more athletic (and charismatic)” who bring laughs along with battle scenes.
‘TIME’s Stephanie Zacharek, however, points out that the film ends up being almost too good saying
“Too much of a good thing is a bad thing”
She notes too many action sequences, even with Johnson and Statham’s skill for such a thing, can become “so elaborate that they start to weigh the movie down.”
As for ‘The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, he appreciates the film for its “gonzo action” and “cheerfully silly plot,” and that while the film is “a bit overextended” moviegoers will still enjoy the film and get their “bangs and laughs for your buck.”