The Fall Guy is popcorn-fueled blockbuster fun

by Gordon Shelly

In an attempt to cash in on nostalgia, “The Fall Guy” swings onto the screen, loosely based on the 1980’s TV show starring Lee Majors. But let’s be real, folks, this ain’t your grandma’s Fall Guy. Ryan Gosling channels Majors’ rugged charm, and it does feel more like homage than imitation. Emily Blunt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson round out the cast, but even their charisma can’t make this movie great, but they sure make it fun.

Now, let’s talk about expectations. If you’re looking for deep, thought-provoking cinema, you’re in the wrong theater, my friend. “The Fall Guy” is all about the popcorn-fueled, rollercoaster ride of action and explosions. It’s not trying to be the next Dune or Avatar; it’s just here to entertain. And you know what? Sometimes, that’s all we need. So grab your snacks, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

Despite the lackluster script, the performances in “The Fall Guy” are surprisingly enjoyable. Gosling, Blunt, and Taylor-Johnson seem to be having a blast, and their chemistry lights up the screen. Sure, the dialogue is cheesy, but they deliver it with such gusto that you can’t help but root for them. It’s like they’re winking at the audience, saying, “Yeah, we know this is ridiculous, but let’s have some fun anyway.”

Credit where credit’s due: director David Leitch knows how to choreograph a damn good action sequence. As a former stuntman himself, he brings an authenticity to the film that’s often lacking in today’s CGI-laden blockbusters. The stunts are real, the explosions are practical, and the adrenaline is palpable. It’s refreshing to see a movie that relies on old-school tricks rather than computer-generated wizardry.

But let’s be real, the real star of the show here is Gosling. With his smoldering gaze and effortless charm, he carries “The Fall Guy” on his broad, handsome shoulders. Sure, the plot may be paper-thin, but Gosling’s charisma elevates it to something worth watching. In a world full of gritty reboots and sprawling franchises, it’s nice to have a blockbuster that just wants to entertain. So sit back, relax, and let Ryan Gosling whisk you away on a wild ride.

Gordo’s Grade: B+