The Fall Guy: Movie Review

The Fall Guy Movie Review: An Hyperkinetic Ode to Film

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We anticipated laughter and entertaining action from "The Fall Guy," and in those aspects, the film certainly delivered. However, what surprised us was its potential for more than just sheer entertainment. David Leitch offers a film experience that can be taken at face value but also holds deeper meaning. "The Fall Guy" serves as a love letter not only to the unseen stunt performers but also as a surprising ode to the film industry as a whole.

Colt Seavers (played by Ryan Gosling) is a stunt performer who finds himself sidelined from the industry after a humiliating and almost career-ending accident. More than a year later, he receives a call to return to Australia and resume his role as a stunt performer. Despite initial hesitation, he decides to accept the offer upon learning that the film's director is the love of his life, Jody Moreno (played by Emily Blunt). However, upon arriving on set, he discovers that there's more at stake than just performing stunts.

At over two hours long, "The Fall Guy's" primary issue, in our opinion, was its excessive length. The narrative felt simplistic, stretched thin, and predictable for its duration. The film would have been closer to perfection if it had been trimmed to 90 minutes. Despite its length, the film was highly entertaining. The comedy was the biggest draw for us, overshadowing the action, although both were competently executed. Whether you seek a laugh, thrills, or a blend of both, "The Fall Guy" delivers from start to finish. The pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt was enjoyable, albeit not flawless. The awkwardness between them added a unique and charming dynamic. However, it's Ryan Gosling who steals the show, delivering another outstanding performance as the charismatic yet over-the-top Colt Seavers, reminiscent of his role in last year's "Barbie." To truly enjoy "The Fall Guy," one must embrace its silliness, and what an enjoyable ride it was while it lasted.

Rating: 4 reels

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