‘The Fall Guy’ Review: Ryan Gosling Goes Pow! Splat! Ouch!

Like a certain high-energy rabbit, Ryan Gosling’s charmer in “The Fall Guy” keeps running and jumping, tumbling, punching and leaping through the air like a rocket. The actor ditched his pretty-in-pink “Barbie” look, if not his signature heat-seeking moves, to play Colt Seavers, a stuntman with a long resume, six-packs on top of his six-packs and a disregard for safety personal. However, plunging 12 stories into a building’s atrium is just another grueling day of work for Colt until, oops, he almost crashes.

Directed by David Leitch, “The Fall Guy” is a playful and entertaining nonsense about a guy who lives to be brutalized again and again – shortly after the start, Colt suffers a catastrophic accident – which may be a metaphor for contemporary masculinity and his discontent. , but maybe not. More unambiguously, the film is a stunt feature filled with romance, a minor mystery, winking jokes, and the kind of unabashedly cinematic self-regard that moviegoers have been indulging in for almost as long that cinema exists. in existence. For once, this boastful claim is largely justified.

There’s a story, although it’s largely irrelevant given that the film is essentially a way for Gosling and many of the stuntmen to strut their stuff. Written by Drew Pearce and based (marginally) on the 1980s TV series of the same title starring Lee Majors, it opens shortly before Colt’s 12-story plunge goes wrong. After a moment of rest alone, baring his torso, he returns to his work as a stuntman, lured by the promise of a reunion with his ex, Jody (a welcome one even if Emily Blunt is underused). She pulls off a sci-fi blast that feels like the typical recycling bin on the big screen, with clips from generic video games, 2011’s fantastical “Cowboys & Aliens” and the “Alien” and “Mad Max” franchises. Spot the flirting and fighting.

Leitch is a former stuntman who has his own estimable resume, which includes voice acting for Brad Pitt, whom he later directed in “Bullet Train.” Leitch has a business with Chad Stahelski, yet another former stuntman turned director who is best known for the “John Wick” series with Keanu Reeves. Working in tandem with physically expressive performers like Pitt, Reeves and Charlize Theron (Leitch directed “Atomic Blonde”), the two filmmakers have, in the post-John Woo era, put a distinctive mark on American action cinema with a mix of combat-artistic styles, witty fight choreography and, above all, focus on the many ways a human body can move (or rush) through space.

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