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FoCC Review: The Fall Guy – Hall H Worthy?

By Jason Delgado

The Fall Guy follows Ryan Gosling as stuntman Colt Seavers, a man in love with his director, played by the talented Emily Blunt as Jody Moreno. The two had a fling and falling out, but Colt still has eyes for Jody. Seavers also has a dangerous stunt accident at the beginning of the movie, which puts his whole career into question. That is, until producer Gail Meyer (Hannah Waddingham) ropes him back in with the allure of working once again with Moreno. During the shooting of the sci-fi epic helmed by Jody, the self-obsessed star of the film, Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), goes missing. Meyer tasks Colt with making it his mission to find the megastar for whom he doubles, since actors and stuntmen have a unique bond (as well as the joke that no one will notice that a stuntman is missing from the set). The great cast is rounded out by talented actors such as Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All At Once) and Winston Duke (Black Panther).

If you love crazy stunts, 80’s ballads, Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, and Tay Tay, then there’s a good chance that you will enjoy The Fall Guy. At WonderCon this year, during the “Directors on Directing” panel, David Leitch discussed what it was like to be a stuntman-turned-director, and how he was able to put some of his unique experiences into the film.  I am a sucker for the “inside baseball” stuff in this movie about both the film industry and being a stuntman. For example, in the film, Gosling talks about the “thumbs up” mentality that stuntmen have to employ, even when they are in pain. Another great scene is a split screen where the two leads are discussing that same type of scene for the movie that they are shooting within the movie. It is awesome to see that the unsung job of being a stuntman may finally be getting its due from the spotlight of this film, people such as actress Jessica Rothe (Boy Kills World) giving multiple shoutouts to her two doubles at WonderCon, and the Academy possibly adding a new award for the dangerous profession.

The plot of the movie is simplistic, and the chemistry of Gosling and Blunt may not exactly be simmering, but The Fall Guy is just a good-old fashioned fun popcorn type of summer escape, with a dash of corny comedy for good measure. I love karaoke and seeing the scene of Emily Blunt doing her rendition of the 80’s ballad Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by Phil Collins, while Ryan Gosling is performing death-defying car stunts, gives a soaring quality to the action that it would not otherwise have. There are so many fun little touches, such as the multiple shoutouts to San Diego Comic Con and Hall H, with a special scene even further tipping its hat to the fans.

Anyone who liked the trailer of this film knows exactly what they will be getting with The Fall Guy: more of the same, which I found to be an enjoyable ride. The Kiss anthem I Was Made For Lovin’ You plays throughout the film, and other hits by AC/DC, Journey, The Darkness, and Taylor Swift add a jolt of energy to the barrage of stunts that are displayed onscreen.

I give The Fall Guy three and a half hot sauce packets out of five. It’s got enough of a kick to fuel Bart Simpson’s famous skateboard jump over Springfield Gorge.

P.S. – Stick around for the mid-credits scene to see the return of a TV legend!

Jason Delgado

Jason is a CSULB film school alum and movie guy for Friends of Comic Con. He loves movies, TV, writing, comics, going to Cons, basketball (Lakers), music (all forms of rock + 90's hip hop), football (Chargers), his dog, and most importantly wife and newborn son. He's written a comedy/sci-fi script, and wants to write more in between raising a son. He doesn't often cosplay, but when he does, it's as Iron Fist. Follow him on Twitter @JasonDelgado78