December 4, 2021

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[Critique] Fast & Furious : Hobbs & Shaw (2019) : spin-off testost-erroné ?

After eight opuses, the Fast & Furious saga has therefore given birth to its first spin-off devoted to Hobbs & Shaw. When we are put on a poster Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba, how not to succumb? By adding a little inspired David Leitch perhaps

We set the scene: in Fast & Furious 8, Vin Diesel was racing cars, betraying his friends, overplaying sensitivity and kissing Charlize Theron (!). For their part, Dwayne Johnson fought back a torpedo with his bare hands and Jason Statham launched into a gunfight while playing the babysitter. Therefore, how not to drool with envy at the idea of ​​a spin-off centered on these two best enemies, where we would abandon the first degree to get to the point: the fun and the piff. Welcome to Hobbs & Shaw!

Clearly, the film assumes its delirium from the outset: Hobbs and Shaw must collaborate to save the world from an enhancement-doped super-villain in search of a deadly virus. Problems: The virus was injected into Shaw’s sister and our two bald people cannot see each other in paint.

And let’s go for the show as Nâdiya would say. Two hours and dust of fights, valves, fights, valves in a repetitive pattern, but proud of it. Do you want well-burned entertainment that doesn’t take itself seriously? Hobbs & Shaw serves it for you as a starter, main course or dessert. The sympathy factor is in full swing thanks to our two headliners and newcomers: Idris Elba in black Superman and Vanessa Kirby in Atomic Blonde.

A bland and furious director
Speaking of Atomic Blonde, the connection to David Leitch’s feature film is obvious from the first minute of Hobbs & Shaw: the director never seems to have as much fun as when he films Vanessa Kirby (and her understudy). The actress’ action scenes are the only ones that the former stunt coordinator does not over-cut, where other sequences – including a general battle teased in the trailer – quickly want to be unreadable. butchering.

Quantity is good, but quality is better. It is difficult to recognize the co-director of the first John Wick, especially when his friend, Chad Stahelski, signed a third opus a few weeks ago, still so inventive at this level. When you have a movie called Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, treating the nag should be the minimum union though.

Another point that will have grieved us and of which we find traces in Leitch’s filmography: humor. Yes, the footage is full of them. Verry much. Too much. As much the exchanges between the two dominant males brought something refreshing to Fast & Furious 8, as we quickly fall into the embarrassing one-upmanship concerning Hobbs & Shaw. Small murderous pikes, we spend loooooong minutes where our two Dupont and Dupond curse each other in close-up.

It’s fun at first, awkward in the middle, annoying at the end. Especially when the content of the insults demeans the duo to ten-year-old kids. We get the feeling that the film has understood the character dynamics in Fast & Furious 8 well, but instead of using it as a basis, it stretches it until more thirsty without adding anything more. Wanting to play it too cool, we quickly go in circles. A huge writing concern that we found … in Deadpool 2 by David Leitch.

The renewal of the franchise?
Despite these flaws, we still want to believe in the potential of a new franchise on Hobbs & Shaw (or on the Shaw family) since behind the failures and our disappointed hopes, there is something that feels good: a spirit unbridled which smells of the Schwarzenegger – Stallone years, in addition to family obviously. Far from the heaviness of a Vin Diesel in the Fast & Furious saga, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have only one ambition: to entertain us and to burst out of the villain.

It’s basic, of course, but it’s also a great show, generous, rhythmic, which has loads of fun, whether in the action or in its surprising cameos. A total outbidding, never subtle, perfectible on many points, but which brings a good counterpoint to those who would seek less cars and more torgnoles.