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Stunt Doubles and Love Troubles: Ryan Gosling's High-Flying Antics in 'The Fall Guy' (2024) Review

He's a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows, and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

There's something undeniably alluring about watching Ryan Gosling get blown up, shot at, and tossed out of moving vehicles. Maybe it's the same masochistic pleasure derived from watching reruns of "Jackass," but with 100% more Gosling and 200% more hair gel. "The Fall Guy," a roller-coaster ride of action and (unnecessarily elaborate) romance, lands in theaters with a resounding crash, bash, and an attempt at a tender splash.

Directed by the guy who probably thinks explosions are a love language, the movie features Gosling as a stuntman who's no stranger to high falls—but this time, he's diving headfirst into a conspiracy that would make even Mulder and Scully raise an eyebrow.

The Plot (Or How to Make a Mess and Look Good Doing It)

Ryan Gosling plays the quintessential cool guy (big stretch there, Ry), a stuntman bouncing back from an almost career-ending accident. When he’s not being a human crash test dummy, he's on a mission to track down a missing movie star, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who apparently decided that going full Houdini was his best career move yet. Emily Blunt is the love interest, because no action movie is complete without a damsel who might not be in distress but definitely deserves better dialogues.

In a narrative as tightly packed as a clown car, Gosling's character also tries to rekindle an old flame and solve a conspiracy that's less "who-done-it" and more "why-do-it?" All while performing stunts that defy physics and any sense of personal safety.

What I Liked

Explosively Good Action: If you like your action sequences with extra spice and improbable survival rates, this movie delivers. It’s like they asked a group of 12-year-olds what they’d want to see in a stunt movie, and just went with it—no questions asked.

End Credit Scene: Stick around for the end credits if you're a fan of the original show. There are cameos that will hit you right in the nostalgia, complete with a rendition of the theme song that'll have you humming for days.

Ryan Gosling Being Ryan Gosling: He wears the "cool guy" badge with ease, sporting a smirk that says, "I might be in imminent danger, but I still moisturize."

What I Disliked

Love Story Overload: The movie tries to be a rom-com in disguise, with a love story subplot thicker than the plot armor on Gosling. It's sweet, but when you're in the mood for explosions, romance feels like finding a raisin in your chocolate chip cookie.

Corny, But Fun: The plot has more corn than a Midwest farmer’s market. It's cheesy, predictable, and sets up some ridiculously silly situations. But hey, you're not here for a documentary on stunt work realism.

Physics? What Physics?: Don't try to make sense of the stunts. This movie breaks more laws of physics than it does cars—and it breaks a lot of cars. Just enjoy the ride and leave the nitpicking to the nerds.

Extra Tidbits

Ryan Gosling and Heights: Despite having a fear of heights, Gosling took the plunge for a 150-foot fall at the movie's start. Talk about dedication or a very persuasive stunt coordinator.

World Record Stunts: This movie features 8.5 car rolls, smashing the Guinness World Record for most car rolls in a film. Because if you're going to roll, roll big.

Development Hell: This movie has been tossed around more than its lead on set, with everyone from Tom Cruise to Dwayne Johnson once eyed for the lead role.

Final Thoughts and Rating

The Fall Guy is the cinematic equivalent of a theme park ride: thrilling, a bit nauseating, and over before you know it. It's a popcorn flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so neither should you. Ryan Gosling charms, Emily Blunt endures, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson vanishes—literally. If you’re in for mindless fun and impressive stunts, this is your ticket.

Rating: 7.5/10 – Because sometimes, you just need to watch Ryan Gosling fall off things.

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