The Gray Man’s Presentation Meeting
The latest episode of Screen Rant Pitch Meetings takes aim at Netflix’s The Gray Man and shows why even Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans can’t save a movie.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for The gray man.
Screen Rant covers The gray man in the latest episode of Pitch Meetings. Realized by Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, The gray man follows Ryan Gosling as rogue CIA agent Sierra Six, who was recruited to the organization while in prison for the murder of his abusive father. The film picks up 20 years into Six’s career with the CIA as he learns a sinister secret that puts him in danger with the organization. He must face the monstrous Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evansn), a psychopathic former CIA agent who will stop at nothing to kill Six. The gray man also stars Ana de Armas as Dani Miranda, an agent who helps Six.
Despite its massive $200 million budget and star-studded cast, The gray man fell flat when it came to reviews, earning a 47% review score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film divided fans and critics alike, with many feeling disappointed and let down given its star-studded lineup and blockbuster potential. However, the mixed reception from critics and fans didn’t stop. The gray man to win a sequel. The upcoming sequel was commissioned thanks to The gray man’s successful opening on Netflix, landing in fifth place for the streaming platform’s highest first-week views.
Now, The gray man get the Presentation meetings treatment. Host Ryan George tackles everything from the film’s huge budget and hard-to-miss storylines to its predictable, over-the-top script. Netflix’s most expensive movie can’t escape this hilarious take on what happened at its pitch meeting. Watch the full video below:
George addresses some major grievances viewers have with The gray man, starting with all of its lost potential given its $200 million budget. It seems that the majority of the budget was used to pay the actors rather than focusing on plot strength, which is unfortunately quite redundant in the action movie genre. George underlines the central scenario of The gray man, where the CIA ends up being the bad guy and the protagonist has to fight the law, has been done many, many times before. While an overused plot doesn’t automatically make a movie bad, it’s clear that little to no attention has been paid to some major holes in this one. For example, Six somehow survives after jumping out of a plane and later escapes handcuffs, which the audience barely sees or ever sees. However, the film’s pitfalls don’t end there. George points out that Ethe gray man features far too many drone shots, and when it looks like a solution could be offered to Six’s dilemma, the film just drags on without addressing the obvious.
Despite some major omissions, The gray man no disappointment in terms of action since the 129 minutes of the film are filled with it. It’s clear the movie was always intended to have a sequel, considering The gray man the ending sees Six narrowly escape his attackers. While Lloyd eventually dies, there’s no shortage of villains for Six, and it looks like the sequel will have plenty of time to address that. Although not everyone agrees with The gray man, he continues to do relatively well on Netflix. With a sequel confirmed, I hope The gray man 2 will learn from his mistakes next time. If not, the Pitch Meetings will be ready to talk about it.
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