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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

by Derek Deskins
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 5, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have inadvertently gotten a glimpse into the hellscape that is "Film Twitter." See, cinematic god, Martin Scorsese, deigned to say that the entries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were "not cinema," choosing to say instead, "Honestly, the closest I can think of them [...] is theme parks." As Marvel fanboys are sure to let you know that you can't make fun of their toys, the internet reacted with quick and ugly takes. And while I have little interest in taking sides (although Scorsese's point is valid that doesn't mean theme parks aren't fun), there is a franchise that is confident in its "theme park" status: Fast and Furious.

The franchise, which somewhat modestly began in 2001 (with a budget of only $38 million), has become a behemoth. Having completed eight installments of cars and family, it has now been deemed bigger than Vin Diesel ("2 Fast 2 Furious" notwithstanding), and we officially have our first spinoff. "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" takes former F&F baddies and turns them into protagonists by introducing a cyber-genetically enhanced "black Superman" that only they can defeat.

"Hobbs & Shaw" should be an unbridled delight of explosions, one-liners, cars, and people frequently stressing the importance of family. It should be everything that the F&F franchise has come to embody, but you know, especially unhinged. Instead, it reads more like an F&F movie designed by a focus group. It's action sequences, under the directorial guidance of "Deadpool" and "Atomic Blonde" alum David Leitch, are competent if unexceptional. Its writing is almost shockingly wooden. When charm juggernauts Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba all struggle to make your text intriguing, maybe the problem originated on the page. The film fails to be anything memorable and, most disappointingly, fun. It is a soulless slog that wastes every single one of its cast members. It is the definition of disappointment

If I can say anything for the Blu-ray release of "Hobbs & Shaw" it's that it certainly is packed with a lot of stuff. There are a baker's dozen of featurettes (all of which run under five minutes). It is certainly a quantity over quality approach as all of the featurettes are too brief to offer any real insight into how the movie was made. This release also includes around 45 minutes of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, not to mention the feature commentary with director David Leitch. Going through the release's extra content however is akin to receiving a disappointing Easter basket, wherein you realize that the chocolate bunny is hollow and made of the same low-quality chocolate as the foil-wrapped eggs buried in the faux grass that unfortunately takes up the majority of the basket's innards. It serves as a reflection of the movie itself. For while "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" boasts the promise of something fantastically comical and overflowing with grandiose action, in actuality it is a damp fart of disappointment.

"Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD

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