‘Roadhouse’ (2024) Review: Silly, Visceral, Unapologetic

Roadhouse review

Roadhouse emerges as a spirited echo of its predecessor, albeit slightly toned down in the cheese department, though that doesn’t detract from its inherent silliness and fun.

Roadhouse takes us on a whirlwind journey through the eyes of Dalton (Jake Gyllenhaal looking extremely ripped), a former professional fighter trying to escape his tumultuous past by taking up a gig at a roadhouse bar that’s come under the threat of local thugs. Dalton’s fighting prowess sees him quickly embroiled in local criminal conflicts, finding a love interest, and plenty of ass-kicking.

One of the film’s undeniable strengths lies in its intense, creative, and visceral action sequences, which elevate Roadhouse from a mere nostalgic play to a commendable action cinema. This is helped by professional fighting superstar Conor McGregor, who transitions from the octagon to the silver screen and delivers a surprisingly adept performance that surpasses expectations (though the bar is pretty low in this film). His physicality lends authenticity to the brawls, making each punch and kick felt in the audience’s bones.

However, Roadhouse isn’t just an endless parade of violence. Amidst the chaos, the film weaves a poignant narrative thread highlighting the real and severe consequences of street fighting, delivering a message that resonates deeper than the surface-level mayhem. This extra depth adds an unexpected layer to the film, inviting viewers to reflect amidst the entertainment.

In essence, Roadhouse is a spirited nod to the action films of the 80s and 90s, thriving on its ability not to take itself too seriously. Its charm lies in its balance between homage and innovation, delivering a cinematic experience that is both familiar and fresh. While it won’t redefine the genre, it serves as a delightful throwback that will undoubtedly please fans looking for a dose of nostalgia, paired with robust, modern action.

Fun Fact:

The filmmakers sought to innovate how fight scenes are filmed. The team developed a new multi-pass technique to make the brawls look more realistic, marking a departure from traditional fight choreography.

Note: This review was written with the help of AI.
Roadhouse slides comfortably into the category of a better-than-average B-grade action movie, delivering a hefty dose of humour through its funny one-liners and embracing predictability that fans of the genre will enjoy.
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