The reviews for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw are in and, honestly, they’re not as great as we’d hoped. While many critics state the movie is action-filled and pretty fun, as you’d expect, overall the consensus is that the film feels tired and cheesy.
The movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Hobbs and Shaw respectively, the duo that first faced off in Furious 7. In Hobbs & Shaw. The pair unite to take down villain Brixton, played by Idris Elba. Watch the trailer below.
The surprise hit in the film seems to be Vanessa Kirby, who starred in hit Netflix show The Crown. Find out what the critics are saying about her and the rest of the movie below.
It’s silly and fun (for the first half an hour)
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
“Yes, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is extremely silly. For its first 30 or so minutes, it also manages to be fun.”
Gabriella Geisinger, Digital Spy
“Somehow these three disparate genres come together in a funny, fast-paced action movie, with stunts just far enough over-the-top to be enjoyable. Some one-liners elicit groans while some garner only silence. But many are funny enough for a chuckle.”
The best character isn’t Hobbs or Shaw
Sam Adams, Slate
“Hobbs & Shaw’s coolest figure is neither Hobbs nor Shaw — nor even Elba’s Brixton… that honor goes to Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie, a rogue British intelligence agent… If you’ve only seen her on The Crown, imagine Princess Margaret choking the breath out of Dwayne Johnson with her thighs.”
It’s a bit repetitive
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Johnson and Statham invest Hobbs & Shaw with a surreal silliness that’s infectious. Catch Hobbs lasso a chopper and drag it down from the sky with one bulging arm or Shaw’s fight choreography in the sensational corridor scene. This movie definitely has its moments. The problem is it keeps repeating them — stunt, banter, stunt — until they wear out their welcome.”
It’s refreshing for Fast & Furious fans
Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
“[Some action scenes feel] like something cooked up specifically to remind us that this is a Fast & Furious movie. And while that series has certainly had its moments, it has also become more soap-opera-like with each new entry. At its best, Hobbs & Shaw offers a refreshing antidote to the bloat. I’d rather watch another one of these than sit through one more Vin Diesel speech about family.”
Chris Klimek, NPR
“This sidebar presentation is still a genuine Fast & Furious movie, in the sense that almost everything in it has been shamelessly chop-shopped from the work of more innovative filmmakers and squished into a less memorable, more quickly digestible form, and calibrated to flatter its stars to the maximum extent possible.”
It struggles to hit even the minimum expected standard
Eric Kohn. IndieWire
“Overloaded with hit-or-miss action sequences, a half-baked supervillain, and paint-by-numbers plotting about a virus with the potential to destroy the world, Hobbs & Shaw often struggles to surmount the low bar of today’s blockbuster standards. Strip away the meandering exposition and Hobbs & Show operates like an old-school screwball comedy that just happens to revolve around two of the biggest action stars working today.”
Neither fast nor furious
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“In this hottest and crankiest of summers, when so many film franchises and spin-offs and reboots have floundered, Hobbs & Shaw is by no means the worst offender. But it is an offender. It’s an overeager facsimile, though, a too gratingly self-aware fan-service product that, in most ways, is only pretending it has a personality. Slow and mild it is not. But it’s neither fast nor furious, either.”
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw lands in US theaters tomorrow, August 2.
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