Wednesday 3 July 2024

REVIEW: The Fall Guy (2024 Film) - Starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt and Hannah Waddingham

The Fall Guy

Review by Jon Donnis

David Leitch's "The Fall Guy," written by Drew Pearce, reimagines the beloved 1980s TV series with a blend of action, comedy, and romance. The film centers around Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling), a Hollywood stunt performer whose career comes to an abrupt halt after a debilitating accident during a stunt gone wrong. Fast forward eighteen months, Colt is now a valet at a small Mexican restaurant, a far cry from his glory days. His mundane life takes a turn when Gail Meyer (Hannah Waddingham), a film producer, contacts him with a mission: find the missing action star Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and save the overbudget production of "Metalstorm," directed by Colt's ex-girlfriend Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt).

Gosling and Blunt are the heart of the film, bringing charisma and depth to their roles. Gosling's portrayal of the seasoned, down-and-out stuntman Colt is both endearing and entertaining, while Blunt's Jody balances vulnerability and determination. Their chemistry reignites as the plot progresses, providing both comedic and romantic elements that enhance the film's appeal.

The action sequences, a hallmark of any Leitch-directed film, are executed with precision and creativity. From high-octane chases through Sydney to a dramatic mid-air confrontation, the stunts are a visual treat. However, it's the behind-the-scenes bloopers and footage during the credits that truly shine, ironically showcasing the meticulous effort and danger involved in stunt work more effectively than some of the film's set pieces.

The narrative takes viewers on a wild ride through the glamorous yet perilous world of Hollywood, as Colt uncovers a web of deceit involving deepfake technology and personal vendettas. The film's plot, while occasionally convoluted, is bolstered by strong performances from its supporting cast, including Teresa Palmer as Iggy Starr and Winston Duke as Dan Tucker.

Despite its many strengths, "The Fall Guy" isn't without its flaws. The script could benefit from tighter writing, as the emphasis on grandiose stunts sometimes overshadows character development and plot coherence. Nevertheless, the film's tongue-in-cheek approach to Hollywood stereotypes and the homage to stunt performers offer a refreshing and entertaining perspective.

The inclusion of the "Unknown Stuntman" song, even in a modern rendition, serves as a nostalgic nod to fans of the original series. Cameos sprinkled throughout the film add an extra layer of fun, catering to eagle-eyed viewers and longtime fans alike.

In summary, "The Fall Guy" is a highly entertaining film that, despite lacking some of the original series' charm, delivers a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It succeeds in celebrating the unsung heroes of Hollywood, the stunt crews, while providing a captivating story filled with humor, action, and romance.

I score "The Fall Guy" a solid 8 out of 10.

Out in cinemas now