Free Guy was recently released in U.S. theaters on August 13th, 2021. It currently attains a 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 204 reviews from critics. The film is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer. I wasn’t able to go to this on release date like usual, but I am so excited that I was finally able see it!
Free Guy follows Guy, who is a bank teller that discovers he is a background NPC character in a video game. Rather than continuing to go through the same motions every day, he decides to finally do what he wants and save his world in the process.
Ryan Reynolds was phenomenal as the lead man, Guy. With his charismatic nature, he was the perfect suitor for this charming and funny character. For what this film delivered, I honestly don’t think that I could have seen anyone else play this role so well.
Jodie Comer played not only her real-world character Millie in Free Guy, but she also played the video game version of herself as well, Molotov Girl. Millie delivered the emotional drive of the film, as she was fighting for a very important cause, alongside forming a bond with Guy. She did a terrific job of being able to balance these two characters so well, as they looked different, but were created with the same traits.
Two other performances that I really appreciated were from Joe Keery as Keys and Lil Rel Howery as Buddy. While these two actors weren’t as prominent in the film, they were still very important to the character development of the previously mentioned Guy and Millie. Lil Rel Howery stole the show every time that he came on screen, effortlessly creating jokes as he almost always does in every movie that he is in. Joe Keery portrayed a person that was very relatable and also maintained a sense of realism among a group of other characters that I didn’t particularly like (which I will get to later).
While there were a few great performances in Free Guy, there are still many other positives to discuss within this film!
Right from the beginning, the audience is immersed inside this bizarre, crazy world. The movie showcases just how wild it is at the very start, with the seemingly typical explosions, fighting, crashes, and killings that happen inside Free City. I appreciated this immensely, as we were immediately put inside the world and were able to distinguish that this was simply normal life to these characters. This craziness never really slows down either, as the unhinged action set-pieces continue to fly throughout.
Within all of this action, is a LOT of CGI. I would call this movie a CGI-fest, with almost every shot being built with virtual effects. While it would have been very easy for this to become distracting, I really didn’t think that it was at all. Yes, there were a few moments where the CGI wasn’t top-tier, but we are also watching a virtual/video game world, so I think that creates an expectation of unrealistic scenarios anyways. While the CGI wasn’t perfect, it was seriously a blast to see all of these epic action set-pieces continuously occurring tirelessly throughout the duration of the runtime.
Alongside the action, is the comedic aspect of this film. Ryan Reynold’s is absolutely hilarious in this role and I really hope that we will see him in it again. I recently got jaw surgery and right now it hurts to smile too much, but I couldn’t help myself, as it was a constant occurrence. Especially towards the end of the movie, when “DUDE” arrived, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing every single time I saw his face on screen.
To me, Free Guy is a modern-day version of The Truman Show. It follows the same plot-points and features the same types of characters, but I also think that it creates its own identity as well. While The Truman Show goes in a more emotional route, Free Guy put that on the back-burner, still focusing on it, but allowing the action to shine through.
Free Guy is most obviously targeting gamers, but I believe that it is really a movie for all people. Yes, if you play video games you may be more prone to like this, but that isn’t a necessity. It isn’t really a video game movie, but more so just a movie set inside of a video game world. If you’re looking for a hilarious, action-packed fun time, then Free Guy is for you.
I mentioned the terrific performances from a few actors before, but I also have to share one that I wasn’t a fan of. Taika Waititi’s Antoine wasn’t a character that I enjoyed at all. I am not bashing his performance here, as he definitely perfectly conveyed the persona, but I just wasn’t a fan of how his character was written. It seemed like he was supposed to be funny, but he just came off as dumb for me and that’s not really what you want for your main villain in the film. It would have been better if there was a true “bad guy” here, rather than the goofy, forgettable Antoine.
Along with that, Free Guy can get a little repetitive at times, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something to note. Since these characters live inside of a repetitive world where they do the same things everyday, it naturally becomes slightly repetitive with the action and story arches.
Free Guy was surprisingly great. I didn’t have the highest of expectations going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was action-packed, hilarious, and just an all around awesome time.
Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer have organic chemistry on-screen, creating a unique love story inside of this fake world.
The budget for Free Guy was most likely GIGANTIC, so I highly recommend that you all go see this one in theaters! It is a blast to watch on the big screen and I do not think you’ll be disappointed.
Rating: 9 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness!
Thank you so much for reading my review of Free Guy! Let me know what you thought of the film in the comments and as always…
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