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  • Writer's pictureRob Ervin

Don Reviews "The Fall Guy"

One thing I have noticed about film and television studios is that they will go through phases.  There was a time where it seemed like doing re-makes was the popular things to do, and then there were the trends like movies based on video games and those based on comic book characters.  The latest one seems to be doing films based on television shows like Get Smart and the upcoming Murder, She Wrote.  The latest in this current trend is the one we are talking about today.

 

The Fall Guy is the latest film directed by David Leitch (Bullet Train) and stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddington, Winston Duke, and Stephanie Hsu.  Colt Seavers (Gosling) is a stunt double for a famous actor named Tom Ryder (Taylor-Johnson).  One day on a set, Colt is injured in a stunt that gone wrong.  Fast forward 18 months, and Colt is out of the business when he gets a call out of the blue from producer Gail Meyer (Waddington) to help out his past girlfriend, Jody Moreno (Blunt), who is now directing her first film. Upon arriving, Colt realizes that he was also brought in to help find Tom, who has mysteriously gone missing.  What he thought was another job turns into an adventure no one expected.

 

The acting is good overall, with the leads and supporting cast all doing well within their roles.  There is good chemistry between the entire cast, especially when it came to the back and forth and relationship between Blunt and Gosling; I truly felt that they were a past couple trying to rekindle their relationship.  Visually, there is great CGI alongside practical effects on location in Sydney, Australia.

 

One thing that really stood out for me was the soundtrack, with a lot of mainstream songs used in the right way and at the right points.  It is so well done that I may actually get the soundtrack when it is released.  I also really liked how it seems to truly show what it is like the behind the scenes on a big Hollywood film down to the little things it takes to make it all come together.  If I have a gripe, it would be that The Fall Guy is a little too long with a bit more mindless action than was needed.  This film is different from many films in its own way with great comedy and action, but just a little too long so I will recommend seeing it on a Saturday afternoon in a theaters.

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