Right from the get go, the opening act scenes were just awesome, and got me in the perfect mood to enjoy the rest of this movie.
Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs is great. Charming, impressively strong, and loveable.
Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw is also great. Grumpy, skillful, and a blast to watch.
Idris Elba as Brixton is great as well. Black Superman indeed. Bonus shout out to the bike he uses, which is the coolest tech gadget thing in this movie.
Let’s not forget Vanessa Kirby, who is such a badass as Hattie.
One of the main reasons that justifies watching this movie, is the oil & water relationship of Hobbs & Shaw. Seeing them banter, argue, insult, and generally make fun of each other is just pure entertainment.
The action set pieces are also another reason to justify watching this movie. Some of those action scenes are fantastic to see play out.
There are a few celebrity cameos that show up, that were a very nice surprise to see have roles in this movie.
You go into this movie wanting a simple but highly entertaining action adventure escape, with characters you enjoy seeing on screen, and that’s exactly what you get.
This movie is at it’s best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s just about the majority of it all.
As fun as it can be, it’s still admittedly a derivative movie, without too many surprises with the plot.
Arguably longer than it needs to be. At one point in the movie, there’s a strong sense that it should have already went for the ending, but no wait, there’s another whole act that it still has to do…
There’s also this embarrassing contrived cliche of a plot trope during the last act of the film, just for the sake of setting up this big action set piece.
The few more emotional and dramatic scenes kinda feels out of place, halts the movie’s momentum, and just do not land as well as it thinks it should. Par for course with these Fast & Furious movies.
In general, I hope you have a strong sense of suspension of disbelief when watching this.
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