Movie Review – The Fall Guy

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From the A-Team to the Dukes of Hazard there was a time that every 80s TV show was getting it’s own big screen adaption, sometimes complete with an MC Hammer soundtrack. While in recent years this has slowed down to only adapting children’s characters into cursed low-budget horror, maybe it’s time to get some of those shows another go with the latest adaption – The Fall Guy.

Very loosely based on the 80’s TV show by the same name that starred the 7 million dollar man Lee Majors. The show saw Cole Seavers as a stuntman by day and Bounty Hunter/Investigator of sorts helping people at nights using his stuntman skills. Running for just over 100 episodes this was not an obscure series and definitely worth an adaption by the director of John Wick, Deadpool 2 and most recently Bullet Train, David Leitch.

In this new adaption we of course see a slightly different version of Cole with a whole different Kenergy. After leaving the life due to injury Young Hercules is called back to the set of his former beau who has moved up from camera operator to director. Initially brought back by Producer and sometimes owner of AFC Richmond, Cole quickly learns he was put back on set not at the request of director Mary Poppins but rather to find the film’s leading man who has gone missing.

From there the film sets itself up with both Cole using his Stuntman skills to find the missing star by night and by day shoot the movie within the movie to win back the love of his life. Making the film an even balance of mystery action with Blade Runner K using his Stuntman skills off the clock in multiple fight sequences and car chases across Sydney, and romcom like flirting by day on set (and still using his Stuntman skills to be set on fire).

While not quite the same level of constant action as Deadpool 2 or John Wick the action is pretty consistent and happens when it is needed with the film leaning a little more towards Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys than Ryan Gosling in Driver (but still with a little of Ryan Gosling in Barbie sprinkled in very limited doses). If you were trying to classify it you would put it more in the action/comedy section of your blockbuster with just a hint of romcom that keeps the film moving and provides a level of back and forth when not on set.

Being a film about a stuntman stunts are obviously very important to the film overall and while there are a lot of really cool action sequences (some of which you may have seen previously when the Harbour Bridge was shutdown). These are not action for action sake and feel very organic to what is going on in the film. The action is quite fluid with it feeling natural to Cole’s unique skillset, but the stunts are just the bonus drug induced Unicorn hallucination and not the actual sexy bacon wrapped content that keeps you glued to your seat.

So should you go see it? Honestly yes, there is a lot to like here. While there are stunts and a few sequences that outshine the rest, there is nothing that would be a must see on a big screen – it is really that this is just a good solid entertaining action/comedy that should make you want to go to the cinema and see it. If you are a fan of that guy from Barbie and the Nice Guys and liked him in both of those films, this will have you craving spicey margaritas but it you wont be making bad decisions to go see it.

The Fall Guy is in cinemas across Australia from Wednesday April 24th

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.

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Andrew B
Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.
movie-review-the-fall-guyThe Fall Guys is a solid film that is everything we want right now with a solid script, interesting characters and a nice bit of action based on a Lee Major's TV show. With a heavy use of practical effects and stunts over saturated amounts of CGI, this is the type of film we want more of so it is worth your dollars to go support it. P.S. the film isn't really over once the credits start to roll but once you hit the mid-credits scene then you can make a dash to the bathroom