I had completely forgotten that Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are starring in a remake of the Eighties TV show, The Fall Guy. However, after watching the trailer that dropped yesterday, I am now incredibly excited about this movie. In the film, Gosling plays Colt, a stunt man who is working on a movie directed by his ex-girlfriend, portrayed by Blunt. He is doubling for a movie star named Tom Ryder, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. When Tom mysteriously disappears, Colt takes it upon himself to investigate in order to save his ex-girlfriend's film. This investigation leads him into a dangerous underworld drama. The trailer gives off just the right mix of action, comedy, and a hint of romance. It also gives me a similar vibe to The Nice Guys, which I loved. Gosling is currently enjoying the success of his recent film, Ken, but I still remember his previous film, The Gray Man, which was not well-received. Therefore, I have some reservations about The Fall Guy, considering The Gray Man's poor quality. However, The Gray Man was directed by the Russo brothers, known for their work on Marvel films. Their post-Marvel projects have been disappointing and cynically designed for the global market. In contrast, The Fall Guy is directed by David Leitch, who has an impressive filmography including John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2.
Additionally, it is written by Drew Pearce, who is responsible for the well-regarded Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This gives me more confidence in the quality of The Fall Guy. There is one aspect that doesn't quite click for me, though, and that is Emily Blunt. Perhaps I am still upset about her performance in Pain Hustlers, but I am not feeling the chemistry between her and Gosling. Instead, I am mainly drawn to Gosling's natural charisma and ability to generate heat on screen. I have generally admired Blunt as an actress, especially in Oppenheimer, even though her role was not substantial. However, I feel that she has been miscast in recent projects. Hopefully, her performance in The Fall Guy will work better within the context of the full movie. I genuinely hope so because The Fall Guy has skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated movies for 2024.