The summer might be starting to wind down when it comes to big action movies arriving in theaters, but there’s one more blockbuster popcorn film left in the stable waiting to hit the big screen. Is it a superhero movie? That's debatable. But let’s get ready for Hobbs And Shaw.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
The Fast and the Furious franchise has essentially made its mark by having each sequel be more and more ridiculous in every conceivable way from the last . This model has served the brand spectacularly. Each film gets increasingly enjoyable with ramped up action, stunts, character abilities and so forth. It's to the point where these films are essentially superhero films lightly disguised as car chase flicks. The latest in the franchise, the spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, looks all the same. In this one, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) fight “black superman” (Idris Elba) in what might the most over-the-top flick in the franchise yet.
David Leitch directs the blockbuster after helming hits like Deadpool 2 (83%), Atomic Blonde (78%) and John Wick (87%). He's got plenty of pedigree in the action genre, and it appears all on display in Hobbs and Shaw. The trailer is high octane, tongue-in-cheek and really everything else you'd expect from a Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham super spy movie. It looks the very definition of a popcorn movie, and that's great news.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Predicted: 91% Actual: 84%) finished with a very Quentin Tarantino-like Tomatometer score, and my prediction was a win for the Rotten Watch. From a critical and scoring perspective, it's hard not to kind of know what we're getting with the iconic director. Just look at all of his films to date:
The Hateful Eight (74%)
Django Unchained (86%)
Inglourious Basterds (88%)
Kill Volume 1 and 2 (84% each)
Jackie Brown (87%)
Pulp Fiction (92%)
Reservoir Dogs (91%)
Those films, plus Once Upon A Time In Hollywood gives Quentin Tarantino an average of 85% when it comes to critics on Rotten Tomatoes - which is an average his latest film just missed by one point. That’s a cool level of consistency which we could sum up as, “Just about everyone loves Tarantino flicks but 10-15% of folks just won’t. Ever.” Considering the nature and style of his films, this feels about right. They aren't going to be for everyone, but they'll be for most folks who love movies.