The Fall Guy Ryan Gosling Emily Blunt

THE FALL GUY REVIEW: When Movies About Movies Are Actually Good

Multiverse of Color’s Vanessa Young enjoyed the opportunity to attend Universal Pictures’ The Fall Guy (directed by David Leitch) screening, Monday, April 8.

If you spot a movie poster or trailer with Ryan Gosling smirking in it, chances are high that you’re about to have a good time. The Fall Guy isn’t just a Gosling sideshow, it’s a hilarious film that takes “movies about making movies” to its highest potential.

Two hours of incredible stunt work, clever jokes, fantastic camera work, perfectly timed physical humor, and top-notch acting from Gosling, Emily Blunt, Hannah Waddingham, Winston Duke, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 

A freak accident leaves Gosling’s character, Colt Seavers, injured and out of the stunt game for a while, which throws a wrench in his romance with Blunt’s character, Jody Moreno. He gets pulled into being a stunt guy again by Gail Meyer, played brilliantly by Waddingham. 

A series of increasingly funny and suspicious events happen to our guy, Colt, and we realize he’s set to take the fall for something much bigger than him. 

Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy. Credit: Universal Pictures

For a movie about making a movie, it really is an entertaining time, with thought-provoking commentary on the exploitation of Hollywood workers that aren’t superstars like Tom Ryder (Taylor-Johnson). From the lack of care on-set to digital theft by way of A.I., the movie had a sharp critique on Hollywood’s increased laziness for profit buried amidst the jokes. 

There’s a giggle-inducing, surprise cameo that directly results from the third act that I won’t spoil here, but it is a clever end cap on the aforementioned digital theft. 

Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy. Credit: Universal Pictures

The Fall Guy is a perfect date-night movie, with a funny or thought-provoking moment almost every minute. Blunt’s characterization is deeply human and relatable, with Gosling eating up his dialogue effortlessly. This is a repeat-watch movie.

Rating: 5/5 ✭✭✭✭✭