The Gray Man

The Gray Man ★★★★

I’m a huge fan of the Russo’s work in the MCU but I didn’t see Cherry (did see it got mixed reviews). I’m also a huge fan of the three leads; Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas so my expectations were high due to how the Russos’ execute action. 

One thing I have to praise off top is the costume design as all the outfits look amazing and fit the characters wearing them. Gosling is great in this as I really dig his portrayal infusing just enough comedy with his badassery for the right mix. His comedic timing is impeccable. You can tell Chris Evans is having a blast playing a sociopath after being Captain America for a decade and he excels in this role. Gosling and Evans were on a collision course throughout the film as their face off was greatly built. Armas fits right in after her short appearance in No Time to Die as she believably kicks a lot of ass looking good while doing it. Thornton’s character isn’t anything new but his charisma helped him standout. The character of Carmichael also felt generic and the performance didn’t do anything to help that. 

The action choreography is stellar as it’s shot pretty well for the most part. The comedy worked for me but did feel unnecessary in spots. The soundtrack was pretty solid as was its utilization. I wasn’t particularly invested in the story itself as much as the characters and their interactions. A very satisfying third act especially with the ending.

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