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The Fall Guy: A nostalgic romp through 80s and 90s action cinema

The Fall Guy: A nostalgic romp through 80s and 90s action cinema

Remember the days of oversized shoulder pads, big hair, and movies that didn’t take themselves too seriously? If you’re nostalgic for the popcorn movies and TV shows of the 80s and 90s, then The Fall Guy is a must-watch. This action-packed flick pays homage to the era’s stunt-filled blockbusters and romantic comedies, blending them with a modern twist that keeps the film feeling fresh and exciting. The film is inspired by the Lee Majors television series of the same name (1981 to 1986).

A Nod to the Classics with a Modern Twist

From the get-go, director David Leitch sets the tone, urging audiences not to take things too seriously. He cheekily pokes fun at the overused clichés and tropes of classic action movies. Yet, amidst the humour, Leitch delivers on the promise of adrenaline-pumping stunts, massive explosions, and exhilarating chase scenes. The plot, centred around Ryan Gosling’s stuntman character embroiled in a quest to find a missing movie star, serves as a backdrop for a series of epic set pieces that keep audiences glued to their seats.

Balancing Action and Romance

What sets The Fall Guy apart is Leitch’s skilful balance of high-octane action and a genuinely charming romantic storyline. He effortlessly weaves between the cinematic action sequences of the fictional big-budget film within the film and the zany behind-the-scenes chaos, creating an engaging blend of melodrama and satire.

At the heart of this whirlwind are Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, two powerhouse actors with undeniable chemistry and impeccable comic timing. Their characters, former flames, light up the screen with their banter and flirtatious energy, making their on-screen reunion a joy to watch.

Gosling delivers a standout performance as Colt, the charismatic yet hapless stuntman overshadowed by the actors he doubles for. He portrays Colt with a perfect blend of arrogance and vulnerability, making him an endearing underdog audiences can’t help but root for. Blunt, on the other hand, steals every scene as the witty and no-nonsense director, Jody, effortlessly balancing charm and assertiveness.

Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Beyond its entertainment value, The Fall Guy shines a spotlight on the often-overlooked profession of Hollywood stunt performers. Leitch, himself an ex-stuntman, showcases a deep respect for the skill, courage, and dedication required to pull off jaw-dropping action sequences. From breathtaking car chases across Sydney’s iconic landmarks to meticulously choreographed fight scenes, Leitch offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling yet perilous world of stunt work.

By celebrating the unsung heroes behind the action, Leitch crafts a film that resonates with viewers who grew up idolising big-screen heroes while also appreciating the real-life daredevils who brought those heroes to life.

All in all…

The Fall Guy is a delightful blend of nostalgia and modern flair, offering audiences a fun-filled, adrenaline-packed ride that doesn’t skimp on romance or humour. It serves as a loving homage to the golden age of action cinema while reminding us of the real-life heroes who make those cinematic moments possible. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy this shamelessly entertaining throwback that proves the movie theatre is still a place to escape, indulge, and relish in the magic of cinema.

Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Drew Pearce
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham
Release Date: 26 April 2024

Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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