Movie Review – The Fall Guy

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The Fall Guy (2024 Film) dishes out perfect amounts of laughs and action for a crazy, unforgettable ride.


The Fall Guy (2024 Film) Review: 6 thumbs-up and 1 thumbs-down
Snappy Movie Review | The Fall Guy (2024 Film)

The Fall Guy (2024 Film) Synopsis

After a severe injury on the set, stunt performer Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) leaves the profession and distances himself from his girlfriend Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt), an aspiring director. 18 months later, a fully recovered Colt is urged by producer Gail Meyer (Hannah Waddingham) to rejoin the profession, a proposal that Colt immediately turns down. That is, till he learns that Gail’s upcoming film is helmed by Jody, who has finally gotten her big break in the industry.

Snappy Review

I begin by saying, I’m not at all familiar with The Fall Guy 1980s series. I didn’t even know the Six Million Dollar Man was the lead, i.e. Lee Majors.

The series was a staple on Singaporean TV in the late 80s—that’s how I learned the meaning of fall guy—but for whatever reason, the look and feel of the series just didn’t appeal to teenage me.

And so I didn’t bother to read about the movie revival before I went. I didn’t even watch the trailer. Frankly, I only bought the ticket because the movie starred Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, two stars whose performances I’ve always enjoyed.

It turned out to be a great watch! The stupendous action sequences and the behind-the-scenes peeps aside, this is one of those movies in which the cast genuinely feels as if they are enjoying their roles. Or should I say, they effortlessly convince you that they are.

Gosling’s Colt Seavers is comically dour throughout most scenes but well-timed sparkles reveal his zest. Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Hannah Waddingham play their over-the-top characters to perfection, and when everything is thrown together, it’s just one zany, believable, and incredibly fiery adventure from start to end.

Beyond acting and action, The Fall Guy intelligently probes certain long-running uglinesses in the film industry too. An amusing prelude before the actual movie has Gosling and director David Leitch dedicating the show to stunt people; as Gosling puts it, for the guys who take all the hits. The subsequent movie is indeed all about that. There’s even an emphatic reminder that stunt people do not get Oscars.

The second half of the show also weaves in a different concern. Now, I might be overreading this but it seems that Leitch—a former stuntman himself—is questioning whether it is right to regard actors who do not do their own stunts as lesser. And whether such perceptions ultimately break the intimate relationship between actors and their stunt doubles.

I don’t want to give away the story so I’ll stop here. But after watching, if you sense the same message, I implore you to give it a think. Especially the latter.

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To wrap up, The Fall Guy was a superb watch for me, a gem with the perfect balance of comedy, thrills, and introspection. Needless to say, I appreciated the open tribute to the 80s series too—please do wait for the post-credit scene. During certain action sequences, do keep an ear out for a certain retro sound effect as well.


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