February 3, 2023
Hobbs & Shaw | Fast & Furious Presents...Lethal Weapon 2019?

Dwayne Johnson flexes his muscles in the pulse-pounding trailer for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw

Of course, I’m being sarcastic…or am I? The trailer for the spin-off film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has dropped onto the internet today and is available to view now. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the film. It looks good, very action packed and doesn’t need to establish it’s two main characters. Stunts look amazing, comedy element looks quite funny and it seems to have a great villain in Idris Elba.

Hobbs & Shaw | Fast & Furious Presents...Lethal Weapon 2019?

So, why do I have the feeling of Deja Vu?

It’s because of the mismatched cop/villain premise, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Their respective characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are two of the best pieces of the Fast & Furious film jigsaw puzzle. I’m excited to see the film spin-off but after viewing the trailer, I can’t help but get the feeling that it’s another attempt to milk money from the Lethal Weapon formula. Not helping the fact is that the film is inevitably going to get a PG-13 rating in the USA but the UK censors are probably salivating over their scissors already, awaiting the inevitable request to give the film a family friendly 12A certificate which after viewing the first footage, the film has NO chance of getting without cuts.

That’s not to say the trailer isn’t good. It is. Extremely good. I can visualise myself taking my seat in the movie theatre come August with a large cold soda and enjoying what I see on the screen. The stunt work looks out of this world, just what we have come to expect from the ‘Fast’ franchise. Explosions galore litter the trailer. And we get a sense of menace that Idris Elba’s villain, Brixton will bring to proceedings. Dwayne Johnson looks like he’s having fun as Luke Hobbs again, just like slipping on an old coat, he seamlessly brings out our sense of joy when he appears. But its Statham that stands out the most. Hobbs is in his kitchen, eating something for his breakfast, Shaw appears in a London pub, the clientele steering clear of him as he calmly helps himself to a pint of Lager, looking like he’s daring someone to stop him! The two leads play off each other in the trailer, just as they do in the Fast and Furious films. However, at the end of Fate Of the Furious (Or Fast & Furious 8 as it was around the world, some countries just can’t see the irony of the US title), the two characters made peace with each other. This film can’t be a prequel. So what happened here?

Hobbs & Shaw chained

All be revealed in August when the film opens worldwide. I look forward to watching it in an IMAX 4DX theatre to get the full experience. I just hope that I’m wrong. But I fear that I may just be right.


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