The days of boosting cars and racing for pinks is long gone in the Fast & Furious world. The earliest installments in the series continue to look comically quaint in comparison to the likes of Hobbs & Shaw, although the mega movie does tip its hat to the old days of the franchise once or twice. In addition to all the globe-trotting and saving the world business expected from Fast brand, Hobbs & Shaw now brings a touch of sci-fi to the franchise. And director David Leitch seems to be having a blast with it.
The spinoff still has the tone, sensibility, and taste for the ridiculousness of a Fast & Furious movie, but more than anything else, it plays like a comic book movie. The co-founder of 87Eleven and filmmaker behind Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 could’ve put superhero costumes on Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in this movie, and they wouldn’t have looked out of place. Leitch, as he told us, had comic book movies on his mind when making his XXX-L summer movie.
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In the early 1980s, William Goldman spent a considerable portion of his beloved screenwriting book Adventures in the Screen Trade writing about how important it was in that era to protect a movie star’s image and cushion their egos, giving them the best lines and making sure they always seem like the heroes.
More than three decades later, the film industry has changed in ways Goldman probably never thought possible – but there’s one thing that remains the same.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal goes behind the scenes of the Fast and Furious franchise and examines the demands and behaviors of its male leads – specifically Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham – and the lengths they’ll go to in order to avoid looking weak on screen.
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The Fast and Furious franchise has come a long way from the days of street racing and NOS. The first film spawned seven sequels, with more on the way, and now a spin-off centering around two fan-favorite supporting characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is here. But as the Fast and Furious franchise moves forward, Hobbs & Shaw speeds away from it as far as possible.
Hobbs & Shaw, which stars Johnson as federal agent Luke Hobbs and Statham as former mercenary Deckard Shaw, could barely be called a Fast and Furious film, if not for the “Fast and Furious Presents” crammed in tiny lettering at the beginning of the title. The spin-off film is nigh unrecognizable from the gritty low-level crime days of early Fast and Furious, and indeed, even the high-stakes heists of the more recent films. Cars almost seem an afterthought, taking second place to the spy thriller meets buddy-comedy of Hobbs & Shaw. The film plays like Mission: Impossible meets GI Joe meets a bro-ier James Bond. There’s even a little of Mad Max in there, and some visual language pulled straight from rom-coms. It’s a superhero movie tailored perfectly around its larger-than-life stars, who are performing exaggerated versions of themselves — Dwayne Johnson as The Rock, and Jason Statham as every Jason Statham character. What it is, is everything but a Fast and Furious movie.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, catch up on the entire Fast and Furious franchise before Hobbs & Shaw rolls into theaters later this week. Plus, Stranger Things creators Matt & Ross Duffer break down the biggest moments from the Netflix series, and popular YouTube channel TheOdd1IsOut take an amusing look at movie sequels over the years. Read More »
Peanut butter and jelly. Coffee and donuts. Hobbs and Shaw. Some things just go well together. The new Fast and Furious spin-off gives Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham a chance to crack wise, kick-ass, and launch their own franchise in the process. Will the movie be any good? We’ll have to wait and see, but no matter what, it’ll probably be a hit. A new Hobbs and Shaw clip has found its way online, and it shows Hobbs and Shaw driving a truck and doing battle with Idris Elba. Watch it below.
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Are your engines revved for the first Fast & Furious spin-off? A new trailer for Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw is here to get your motor running, and yes, it looks just as ridiculous as ever. I can’t wait for this silly, silly movie to come out. Get a load of this new trailer below. Read More »
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a part of some intense productions over the course of his career, but according to him, the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw is “easily the most challenging film” that he’s ever produced and starred in.
Take a look at a new Hobbs & Shaw wrap photo and a video from Johnson’s Instagram below, and join us as we compare what we know about this movie to the other films Johnson has produced and starred in. Read More »
A traditional Fast and Furious saga movie won’t be released in 2019, but fans will still be treated to some tire squealing and bicep-flexing in Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw, Universal’s first ever spin-off of the hugely successful franchise. After going head to head in 2015’s Furious 7 and fighting their way through a massive jail brawl in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham‘s Deckard Shaw reunite to face off against Idris Elba in this action-packed movie. Check out the first trailer below.
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When the blockbuster season rolls around, we won’t be getting a full-fledged Fast and Furious movie with the whole crew. Instead, we’ll see Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw, a musical spectacular featuring two cars struggling to get by in the big city.
All right, that would be amazing. But in reality, Hobbs and Shaw is the first Fast and Furious spin-off film. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham take the lead as the two titular characters, and just in case you forgot these two guys are from two very different worlds, the first Hobbs and Shaw teaser poster serves as a good reminder. Read More »
A new Hobbs and Shaw photo is here, and one thing is for certain: this movie is going to feature lots of intense staring contests. The pic shows Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham‘s Fast and the Furious characters ready for action. The image comes accompanied with a new interview in which Johnson, the ultimate pitch man, talks about how amazing and cool and fun Hobbs and Shaw will be. See the Hobbs and Shaw photo below.
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