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Movie Review: The Fall Guy

07:00 May 07, 2024
By: Fritz Esker

The Fall Guy (2024)

Ryan Gosling plays a stuntman trying to solve a mystery and, in doing so, save the directorial debut of the woman he loves (Emily Blunt) in The Fall Guy.

Stuntman-turned-director David Leitch's film is loosely based on the early 1980s TV show of the same name starring Lee Majors. Here, Gosling plays Colt Seavers, a stuntman returning from a serious back injury. After blowing it with Jody (Blunt) while recovering from his injury, he gets a lifeline when a desperate producer (Hannah Waddingham of Ted Lasso) recruits him to find the absent star (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) of Jody's film. Colt's not interested in the star's safety as much as he is returning himself to Jody's good graces.

At 126 minutes, the movie rambles a bit in its final act. It reaches a point that feels like an ending but then it keeps going for an additional ending. However, the journey getting there is a lot of fun. Blunt and Gosling have great chemistry. The plotting may not hold up to intense scrutiny, but there are enough laughs and twists to keep viewers entertained. Taylor-Johnson does good work as the oblivious, egomaniacal star who endlessly insists he does all of his own stunts even though he most definitely does not.

The real show is Blunt and Gosling. For the movie to work, you have to root for them and want to see them together, and you do.

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