The newest Screen Rant Pitch Meetings episode 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 installment of Pitch Meetings. Directed by Avengers: Infinity War and endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, The Gray Man follows Ryan Gosling as a rogue CIA agent, Sierra Six, who was recruited for the organization while in prison for murdering 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 off against 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 all-star cast, The Gray Man fell flat when it came to reviews, earning a 47% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has divided fans and critics, with many left feeling underwhelmed and disappointed given its star-studded lineup and blockbuster potential. However, the mixed critical and fan reception did not stop The Gray Man from earning a sequel. The upcoming follow-up was ordered 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 gets the Pitch Meetings treatment. Host Ryan George tackles everything from the film’s enormous budget and its hard-to-miss plot holes to its predictable and overdone storyline. Netflix’s most expensive movie can’t escape this hilarious take on what happened during its pitch meeting. Check out the full video below:
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George addresses a few major grievances viewers have with The gray man, starting with all of its lost potential given its $200 million budget. It seems the majority of the budget was used to pay for the actors rather than focusing on the strength of the plot, which is unfortunately quite redundant in the action movie genre. George points out the central storyline of The Gray Man, where the CIA ends up being the bad guy and the protagonist has to battle the law, has been done many, many times before. Although an overused plot doesn’t automatically make a movie bad, it’s clear little to no attention was given to some major holes in this one. For example, Six somehow survives after jumping out of a plane and later escapes handcuffs, both of which the audience barely or never sees. The movie’s pitfalls don’t just stop there, though. George emphasizes that Thand Gray Man features way, way too many drone shots, and when it appears a solution can be offered to Six’s dilemma, the movie continues to drag on without addressing the obvious.
Despite some major oversights, The Gray Man is no disappointment when it comes to action, as 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 ending sees Six narrowly escape his attackers. While Lloyd ends up dying, there is no shortage of villains who are out for Six, and it seems the follow-up will have plenty of time to address that. Although not everyone is on board with The Gray Man, it continues to do relatively well on Netflix. With a sequel confirmed, here’s hoping The Gray Man 2 will learn from its mistakes next time around. If not, Pitch Meetings will be ready to talk about it.
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