Blu-Ray (4k) Review – Hobbs & Shaw

It’s kind of amazing that the Fast & Furious franchise started out as a low tier crime thriller about people stealing DVD players and the police officer assigned to infiltrate the illegal street racing scene they frequent in. Now it’s become the equivalent to a Marvel Cinematic Universe film as a team of superhero types whose power is using the word “family,” forgiving heinous crimes and murder attempts juxtaposed over a group of actors whose main talent has been managing to be in a film that has gotten into theaters.

Now the franchise has a secondary franchise of its own; Hobbs and Shaw, featuring villains turned associates of the main heroes in the original franchise, are now on their own. And to make it even bigger, because Jason Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson aren’t big enough alone, Idris Elba injects a proper supervillain into the mix.

Simple premise. Idris Elba turns himself into an invincible superhero to steal a Goober. Statham and Johnson, the plucky mismatched partners, have to stop him. Shenanigans ensue, of course, as they must.

This is the sort of film that makes you yearn for the nuanced story-telling of the average Marvel film. It wanders from action sequence to action sequence and is designed for coolness rather than being interesting. It’s big, dumb, loud and bad. Wait for it to hit Netflix or Redbox.

Recommendation to avoid.

Nothing of note.

Universal presents Hobbes and Shaw. Directed by David Leitch. Written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Hiram Garcia. Run Time: 137 minutes Rated PG-13. Released on DVD: 11.5.2019

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