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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Fall Guy (2024) - Falling for Action

Updated: May 9

Rating: ★★★★(4/5 Stars)

Released 05-03-2024

Watched 05-04-2024

Reviewed 05-07-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

"You are literally the last person on Earth I wanna see."

"The Fall Guy" (2024) thrills as a high-octane tribute to the unsung heroes of cinema—the stunt performers. Directed with kinetic flair by David Leitch and penned by Drew Pearce, the film artfully merges nostalgia with modern storytelling, reimagining the spirit of the 1980s TV series of the same name into a contemporary action comedy.

Ryan Gosling shines as Colt Seavers, a stuntman with a tumultuous past, who finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that could sabotage his ex-girlfriend's directorial debut. Gosling, still carrying shades of his role in "Barbie," seamlessly blends charm and physical prowess, contributing depth to the archetype of a rugged stuntman. Emily Blunt, portraying Jody Moreno, commands the screen with her intensity and vision, making her character's transition from behind-the-camera to leader believable and engaging.

The ensemble cast, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke, Hannah Waddingham, Teresa Palmer, and Stephanie Hsu, enrich the narrative, each adding layers of intrigue and drama to the unfolding conspiracy. The chemistry among the cast, especially between Gosling and Blunt, elevates the film's emotional stakes, balancing well with the explosive action sequences.

David Leitch’s direction ensures that the action scenes are not just thrilling but also creatively reflect the film’s theme of movie-making itself. The Guinness World Record-setting stunt sequence is a testament to the film's dedication to authenticity and spectacle. Moreover, the playful nod to the original "The Fall Guy" theme song during the credits bridges the gap between new viewers and fans of the original series.

While "The Fall Guy" may not delve deep into philosophical territories, it excels as a 'popcorn film'—it’s entertaining, visually arresting, and full of heart. The film’s ability to juggle action with a touch of romance and humor makes it a commendable watch for anyone looking to enjoy a couple of hours of pure entertainment. Ultimately, it stands out as a celebration of the stunt community, wrapped in a compelling narrative that keeps you guessing until the end.


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