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Fast & Furious - Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Fast & Furious - Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

The factory chase and the helicopter fall. The unsuitable but ever present Transformer sound effects. The withheld love story for the sake of superficial age restriction and equally veiled eye candy in the scenes where such stuff exists to savor. Those are the things I could do without. A select few, but irritating things, that keep blockbuster movies like this from going down as classics, because everything else is just PURE AWESOME.

From the main duo to the villain, to the girl, to Samoa, and everything in between! It's filmed with both class and comedy. It's Fast and Furious with a twist, and a tone of sci-fi that almost borders on Kingsmen or G.I. Joe property.

Not that I mind, because those were awesome too.

I like how it's just non-stop adrenaline from start to finish, yet done the right way.

Maybe the bickering goes a bit far sometimes. Maybe it starts feeling forced as they delve into the second half. Maybe Hattie's expression when Margarita joins in shows a surprising and somewhat unfitting naivete in her otherwise so tough persona - and part of that toughness seems to fade away in the final phase on the film - even if she saves herself. But overall I love it!

It's fast-paced, ferocious fun. I love the truck designs. I love the apocalyptic sci-fi blend. I loved the Kevin Hart cameo maybe most of all. I love Ryan Reynold's always so appreciative in-movie persona too. I love the music. I love the sceneries. I love most of the special effects as well. There's not much here that I don't like, but I think I detailed all of that in the first paragraph.

I'm already looking forward to more of this spin-off blend. Even without Vin Diesel: it works. It's something new, yet it's not all unrecognizable either. They've still got that grit. That gasoline. That life and death race against time grime. And both Statham AND The Rock in the same movie? As the shared lead duo?

Can't wait for the next one. Just hope they don't go too far into special effects or mainstream censorship then.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

December, 2022

Fast & Furious - Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Produced by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham?! I didn't realize they were involved to that extent!

Watching this again now I think I'm more of a fan than I was back then. I've watched more of their movies since. I've watched some Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds stuff too - and have become all the more charmed by their particular brands of comedy as well. Plus there's a great message here: Heart over machine. In the days of beckoning and threatening potential future AI takeovers that's a nice sentiment to value...

The car stuff realism is still off - during the industrial area and showdown runs in particular - but everything else is so awesome. And it doesn't need to have authentic vehicular chases either when it's not an official part of the Fast/Furious franchise does it? It feels alright they distance themselves a bit, like Vin Diesel did with Xander Cage, even if he seems to occasionally forget to make that character distinction.

I'd love to see a sequel this. I hope they make one. Looking back I wish this one had better reviews initially, since it really is a solid movie. Not as a Fast & Furious one maybe, but as a standalone one.

We really got an outstanding collaboration, and both entertaining and stylistic contrast between bleak UK streets and swaying palm trees of LA - you see it in this particular promo poster too (image above).

Just The Rock and Jason Statham in the same movie's enough, but Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart no less? And the funny, charming, witty wonderful Vanessa Kirby? The cast's all-star. Idris Elba is a killer villain too - and yet he's not the villain - the real one's still hiding behind his soundwaves somewhere... or her? Was it Cipher...?

Make sure you stay for the after-credit puns! Ryan's in top form there. B+.

And the All Roads Lead Home song by Ohana Bam, as they're preparing for war, it features Token! How crazy is that. How long a way that dude's come now. I'm proud of him.

Great musical choice for the scene no less. This movie has some really strong points; now that's one too. *fingers crossed for sequel*

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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