The Fast & Furious saga has proven to be one of the most prolific of the first two decades of the 21st century. Since Fast & Furious reached theaters, an increasingly large legion of car and action lovers has joined the ranks of fans of the saga. For its part, the saga has corresponded with 8 films plus a spin-off, which is what concerns us, plus a ninth film in full production today.
However, the current Fast & Furious films are far from resembling the first installments, where the street and illegal racing environment, as well as the tunning culture were the undisputed kings of the plot. The saga has gradually drifted towards a point where the most unbridled action always has something to do with vehicles, but these have moved to a recurring secondary role to satisfy the nostalgic.
But well, we are rambling. As we say, Hobbs & Shaw is the first spin-off of Fast & Furious, and aims to exploit the good result that the characters of Luke Hobbs give on screen, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Deckard Shaw, the antihero who gives Jason Statham life. So hold on tight and put on your seat belt, because we have the mixture of nitrous ready and the adrenaline to a thousand.
As you have easily deduced, the main claim of Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is its leading duo. The characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw have proven to have a special chemistry on screen. We would tell you that it's a bald thing, but Vin Diesel didn't have that same chemistry with either of them. The actors and their characters connect, and that is something that is distilled in each frame they share, loading each with an adrenaline shot that is, after all, what is sought from an action movie.
The bad grape between the two characters is a recurring focus of jokes and comments that help make Hobbs & Shaw a much lighter movie, relieving moments of tension and recovering that old stereotype of bigmouth and brag hero that was so popular in the 80s and 90s in the buddy movies. Then each of the characters will remain true to their style, Shaw will be stealthy and lethal, and Hobbs will be Hulk Samoan style.
The sense of humor and comic moments and dialogues will be a constant in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. It is as we have said one of the main attractions of the film and the tandem formed by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. However, they will not have the monopoly of humor, and we will not tell you anything in that regard so that you can enjoy certain surprises that are in the Fast & Furious spin-off that are not wasted. Special attention to the first post-credits scene.
And, of course, as usual in franchise movies, there is the action part. What would the Fast & Furious franchise be without persecutions and without spectacular scenes of unbridled action? We can already assure you that Hobbs & Shaw will cover this field with some epic action scenes, and not only to leave Johnson and Statham well, because other components of the cast such as Vanessa Kirby or the villain of Idris Elba are also at height in the field of action.
We can sure catch a lot of cinematographic and pop culture references that we can find throughout the scenes of Hobbs & Shaw, most of them based on dialogues. Even a joke based on one of the movies starring Jason Statham, there we leave the clue for you to discover.
But a the end, it's also true that the Fast & Furious saga has changed a lot as we said at the beginning of our review. The street car races gave way to chases of a tank in Tenerife in Fast & Furious 6 or races against a submarine in Fast & Furious 8. The saga has changed, and if you expected to see street races, girls crazy about cars and macarrillas of neighborhood, you can start forgetting those, because you won't find it them in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.