After you watch the trailer for Hobbs & Shaw below, I in my capacity as an official Fast & Furious scholar have three things to say about this, the ninth entry in The Fast & The Furious saga (and the first official spin-off).
1. By far the best part of the last FF movie, The Fate Of The Furious, was the chemistry between The Rock's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Wile E Coyote-esque Deckard Shaw. The bizarre rivalry/friendship that grew between The Rock and Statham in that film was electric—any given scene could end with them punching or kissing each other. So making a buddy film/action comedy that is a stealth romcom is a logical, perhaps even brilliant, path for the franchise to take.
2. Around the majestic adrenaline-rush ride of Fast 5—please refer to my thesis for more information—the franchise evolved from films about car races and DVD theft to action/heist/Bond-esque films starring nigh-impervious superheroes. So it makes total sense that the franchise has embraced that subtext head-on by incorporating a villain (played by Idris Elba) who is literally superpowered (or as Elba says in the trailer, "human evolutionary change"). Of course these films were eventually going to evolve into X-Men movies!
3. Here's the hard one. This spinoff goes against everything the franchise stands for: family, Coronas, and Vin Diesel glowering at people. I mean, c'mon: there isn't a single Corona in the trailer!!! It feels a little like a betrayal to support this movie knowing how it has perhaps permanently torn asunder the core FF franchise and cast (never forget: "CANDY ASS"). Then again, while it was a hilarious and perfectly enjoyable popcorn film, it was clear that something was off with The Fate Of The Furious (which probably had something to do with the fact Diesel & The Rock didn't film anything together). Maybe this is the shakeup the franchise really does need to get back on track and move forward. So of course I will watch the shit out of this protein shake-infused cartoon.
As a wise bald man once said: "You don't turn your back on family, even when they do."
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) February 1, 2019