The Fast and the Furious franchise has had a fascinating tenure in theaters and, true to its title, is showing no signs of slowing down. While the main franchise will continue with the upcoming ninth movie, new ground is being broken with spinoff movies. The first of these experiments comes in the form of Hobbs & Shaw, starring The Rock and Jason Statham as their respective badass characters.
The trailers for Hobbs & Shaw promised over the top action, as well as quick fire dialogue shared between its two title characters. While the movie is obviously anticipated by the fandom, how well did it fare with critics? The reviews are in, and it seems that the movie is delivering all the beats that you'd expect. CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg gave Hobbs & Shaw 3.5 stars out of five, saying:
While imperfect and sometimes illogical, it seems that Hobbs & Shaw really delivers on the action and char. And as such, any little details like that can be put aside to enjoy the Fast and Furious spinoff.
Unfortunately, not all critics seemed to enjoy Hobbs & Shaw as much as Eric Eisenberg did. Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson took particular umbrage with the spinoff's script, in particular the two characters' constant jabbing of each other. As he put it:
The Fast & the Furious franchise has become one of the biggest action franchises in the business, leaving behind car races for over the top action. Hobbs & Shaw takes these even further, at least according to Variety's Peter Debrudge, who maintains that all realism goes out the window. In his words:
Aside from explosions and wild action, the Fast & Furious franchise is also synonymous with its themes on family. The group of the main franchise are each other's chosen kin, helping to raise the emotional stakes of each blockbuster. But according to USA Today (opens in new tab)'s Brian Truitt, the spinoff fails to do the same.
Some critics have also taken umbrage with Hobbs & Shaw's runtime, claiming that despite all its over the top stunts, the movie gets dull at points. IndieWire's Eric Kohn put it:
Despite the concerns being raised in some reviews about Hobbs & Shaw, Gamespot's Chris Hayner maintains the movie isn't bad. It's just lacking in realism. He said:
The fun and spectacle of Hobbs & Shaw seems to be its strongest point, as well as the chemistry shared between its stars. SlashFilm's Hoai-Tran Bui pointed out the film's positive points, saying:
Given the mixed bag of reviews, it should be interesting to see how Hobbs & Shaw does on aggregating sites like Rotten Tomatoes. And since the upcoming blockbuster appears to be so fun, will there be a discrepancy with audience scores? Only time will tell, but those answers should arrive shortly.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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