Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)
A wildly entertaining cavalcade of explosions, chases, and fistfights.
I was not expecting to like this movie. “Cyborgs in an F&F movie?” I thought while watching the extra-stupid trailer. “HARD PASS”. Nevertheless when a lazy Saturday came along I found myself saying “three for Horbes and Shor, please,” confusing both the ticket guy and myself at my sudden mispronunciation. And yet as the movie began I knew we were no longer on this earthly realm, where physics, logic, or correct pronunciations are worth a damn. Vindicated, I settled in for a staggering 132 minutes of aplomb.
I laughed and clapped and also danced in the underattended theater as events that I mostly could not comprehend took place in the screen. The dumbest dialog had me howling, I could not contain myself when the Rock (Hobbs) explained that he’d been “scanning the dark web”, for example, or when Idris “Evil Cyborg” Elba uttered his soon-to-be-classic catch-phrase “genocide/schmenocide”. Genocide, schmenocide! Someone got paid to write that.
Absolutely ridiculous things happened and I loved every minute of it, but the movie was not without flaws. Why does The Rock go shirtless but neither Statham nor Elba enjoy the same privilege? Seems like a wasted beefcake opportunity. I also hate that they never bruise or bleed or suffer injury of any kind. I know they don’t have hair but you could at least singe their clothes when they get electrocuted!
Check it out if you are into charming behemoths, Samoa, or delirious entertainment. (As seen at the Lloyd Center IMAX, Portland OR)
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