The Fall Guy: A Humorous Tribute to Stunt Community

Director: David Leitch
Writer: Drew Pearce, Glen A. Larson
Main Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Genre: Action/Comedy
Country: US
Runtime: 2h 5m

Recently released ‘The Fall Guy’ is the closest Barbenheimer gets to, with Oppenheimer fame Emily Blunt and Barbie fame Ryan Gosling in the lead roles.

The story revolves around a stuntman, Colt Seavers, who disappears from public life after an unfortunate accident, only to return after 18 months for a film directed by a first-time director and her past lover, Jody. Soon Colt is tasked with bringing back the missing star of the film, Tom Ryder, whose disappearance remains a mystery.

Emily Blunt, as an ambitious first-time director Jody, looks the part, and if you are a fan of Ken from Barbie, ‘The Fall Guy’ is here to present you Ken with a bit of swag.

Tribute to Stuntman Community

Directed by stuntman David Leitch, the film is a tribute to the stuntman community. The underlying text is how one of the most crucial and life-threatening jobs on set, remains one of the most ungrateful and uncredited ones. In one scene, when Gosling’s character Colt Seavers, a stuntman in the film, is asked if there are Oscars for stuntmen, Colt’s composed response of ‘No’ is as heartfelt as it is thought-provoking. The Fall Guy successfully conveys the plight of the community who put their lives in danger for actors to bask in the glory of it.

Humour takes a centre stage

Due to its high-performing stunts and high budget, the film is best for a theatrical experience. It is filled with guffaw moments, credits to the funny, witty, and intelligent writing of Drew Pearce, known for his work in Iron Man 3, Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. 

Conclusion

Finally, with its theme of love and friendship, ‘The Fall Guy’ is a joyride not to be missed. What could be a better way to understand the point of view of a stuntman than through a film by a stuntman himself?

Pankaj Madaan

A filmmaker and a screenwriter known for his comprehensive knowledge of world cinema and insightful commentary on the Hindi film industry.

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