The Fall Guy Movie Review

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The Fall Guy Movie Review

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A down-and-out stuntman must find the missing star of his ex-girlfriend’s blockbuster film.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I hadn’t heard much about this film, just the fact that a few friends said it was fun. All I knew about it was that the main character was a stunt man. I thought he had to go be a spy, but that’s not the case. It’s actually much better than that. The only expectations I had going in is that it would be funny, which it was.

5 of 5

Characters

To be honest, I didn’t expect much in the way of character development. Ryan Gosling’s character makes it through one scene of getting back in the saddle, and Emily Blunt’s character decides not to be horrible after beating the Fall Guy up a bit by making him do a scene where he gets lit on fire over and over. They start out in love, there’s trouble, and in the end they get together. (It’s not that big of a spoiler, I promise.)

But…I seriously enjoyed all of the over-the-top characters and acting. This film embraced the cheese, and the actors did a great job.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yup. Part of it was the plot and part of it was the spectacle that this film is. I kept wondering what crazy thing they’d come up with next, and I was pleasantly surprised through most of the film.

Granted, they barely gave you time to breathe, which can be exhausting.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

It’s a film about making a film with a smorgasbord of action scenes thrown in literally for fun. Of course there are plot holes! But, frankly, I was so entertained I didn’t care. My writer brain stayed quiet because my fun brain was so distracted.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None! The hubby stayed away the whole time, which is high praise for a movie, and I didn’t ever get bored.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Obviously, the stunts in this film were awesome. It’s always fun to see what happens behind the scenes of a movie, and this show provided that. I found myself glued to the screen both for the plot and watching how they did things.

Part of the cool factor of this story is simply that it’s fun. Yes, it’s totally by the beats (with my writing brain actually catching them saying that the bad guys were closing in, which is actually a section of a script) but it didn’t matter, because I was there for the ride and that’s what I got.

I also love that they brought attention to the stunt people (artists?) of the film and television industries. It’s an amazing career filled by people who rarely get to be in the limelight. So kudos to all of the stunt people out there, you’re awesome!

5 of 5

The End

Was it predictable? Yes. Did I love it anyway? Yes. The biggest character arc is the Fall Guy admitting to the love of his life that he was sorry that he’d been weak and pushed her away. It was kind of sweet, and timed hilariously.

The stunts at the end were gold. Way over the top, but what else were they supposed to do? I came away from this one grinning and I’ll likely see it again.

I need to give a shout out to the credits where they showed a bunch of the actual stunt people doing the action scenes in the film. I loved that.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I seriously haven’t watched a film that was simply fun in a while. The silly vibe and great action reminded me of The Lost City, but maybe a little bit better.

Basically, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and I’m super happy about it. A great way to spend a Monday night after a busy weekend.

Is this a life-changing film? No. Does it address issues of our day in ways that made me think about the world in a different way? No. Did I love it anyway? Yes!

Sometimes just being entertained is exactly what you need.

5 of 5

Total: 36

That’s a Black Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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