The Gray Man

The Gray Man ★★★

There was an idea. Bring together a group of remarkable people. See if they can create the next big franchise for Netflix. With some massive names. Nothing about this could go wrong, except if the Russos object.

Return of the Gosling. So much about this seems extremely promising on paper. Even with the little praise for the Russos since their Marvel years. If it is not the entire great cast than it is Gosling finally back on screens.

If I am honest: I did like this to a degree. There was fun to be had now and again. With some impressive set pieces and beautiful locations. But what was a decent time could have been something rather incredible.

Do you know the feeling? When you like a film. But you couldn't be more frustrated. As there is so much in it that should have made it a lot better. Except it felt as safe as possible in a paint by numbers Netflix release.

Everyone in this is so fun to watch. If it is not older man goatee Gosling than it is the sadistic Evans or the the scene stealer Ana de Armas; who only uses every moment possible in this to demand more action roles.

Russos are almost the mighty that have fallen. It is hard to determine the difference between the men that directed Winter Soldier and then this. Even though both can be enjoyed. Quality of both is night and day.

Plenty of people will enjoy this; that's why there will be more. But it is not exactly the franchise we should have been given. But if they decide to turn into Gosling vs the Marvel universe; with each villain; I'll be sold.

One of the saving graces of this is the performances and locales. Even if there were moments that felt too close a rip off of Mission Impossible. It felt like everyone had fun making this; and it showed; except the Russos.

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