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‘The Fall Guy’ falls flat

Photo courtesy of Universal Studios.

Directed by David Leitch, “The Fall Guy” is a new action comedy starring the beautiful Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt. The movie that provides a fair amount of laughs and good action sequences, but ultimately fails to provide anything memorable for audiences to latch on to. The story is about a retired stuntman, Colt Seavers, who comes out of retirement to work on his ex-girlfriend’s new movie as a stuntman. However, once he gets there he quickly learns that the film’s main actor is missing, and he’s been called in by the producer to help find him. 

The reasoning behind Colt being there doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even by the end of the movie I was still scratching my head and wondering how it all happened this way. Another thing that I noticed was that it feels like this movie is trying to showcase the hardships of stunt people and their lack of attention. This movie is MADE for stunt people. However, this idea doesn’t really work with the entire cast being made up of iconic actors, but I know movies have to make money somehow.

Overall both Gosling’s and Blunt’s acting is pretty good. They both provide a ton of charisma that makes their characters, Jodie and Colt, very likable. Plus some pretty good chemistry to boot. The overall plot of Colt retiring is a little confusing even with the context given to us, his reasoning for quitting stunts in the beginning of the movie really doesn’t make that much sense. 

At the very beginning of the movie the audience watches Colt get seriously hurt after a stunt backfired while he was falling. However, we don’t really get any idea of the damages Colt took, and the next thing we know Colt is back in the saddle after a year. Stunts misfiring happens all the time, and I totally get the psychological impact that a messed up stunt can have on a person, but he gets over that fear real fast. This doesn’t cause people to become invested during the fight scenes because we always know that he’s going to be okay. 

The fight scenes were very fun and action packed with a lot of effort being put into the stunts themselves. The transition between actor and stunt double is very seamless, which makes sense. But definitely the biggest flaw of this entire movie is the story. Like I said earlier it really doesn’t make that much sense if you break it down. And I know people are going to be like, ”Nic, It’s a comedy, it doesn’t have to make sense.” Well I would like to remind these people that this assessment isn’t actually true because a lot of the best comedies have believable plots with silly elements included.

“So I married an Axe Murder” showcases how despite people being in an intimate relationship miscommunication can easily happen and lead to all sorts of hilarity. “The Other Guys,” while over the top, leans into the stupidity of its narrative but it’s not afraid to showcase what would happen to its characters in the real world. 

“The Fall Guy” tries to be too smart with its premise. In David Leitch’s film “Bullet Train” the over the top narrative worked with all of the plot twists, because the tone of the movie was established at the very beginning. While the characters and narrative were over the top in “Bullet Train,” it worked because it was believable in the universe that the film took place in. 

In the end “The Fall Guy” is a decently fun action movie with a fair amount of heart but ultimately fails in leaving a long lasting impression on its viewers. With that, “The Fall Guy” gets two and a half potatoes. 

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