Combining a smart concept with a sweet and self-aware humor, Free Guy is frivolous fun with some amazing cameos.
At its core, Free Guy has a remarkably simple plot: A bank teller discovers that he’s actually a non-playable-character inside a brutal, open world video game. However, the plot and trailers completely undersell the movie. And that’s a good thing!
Starring and produced by the one and only Ryan Reynolds, and directed by Shawn Levy, the duo managed to not only make an entertaining video game movie, but also an unexpectedly smart satire on toxic video game work culture without it being boring or tough to understand. Plus, having an eccentric Taika Waititi as well as the amazing Jodie Comer helped in taking the movie to the next level.
From the “violence for the sake of violence” in games, to the culture of sequels and monetization, the movie manages to address a lot of issues without it being too direct.
On the other hand, in typical Reynolds fashion, it’s not a comedy movie without some easter eggs and cameos. From Deadpool easter eggs to a certain scene that features enough easter eggs to make Kevin Feige jealous, the movie pulls all the possible stunts that the new studio owner (*cough* Disney bought Fox Studios *cough*) have allowed.
To be honest, I came for Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi. However, I was pleasantly surprised by everyone in this film (including some very surprising cameos). In conclusion, the movie was pleasant surprise with an intriguing premise and a standout performance from Jodie Comer.
Should you watch it?
Who knew a comedy about video games can also be a charming rom-com? Reynolds & Comer have a fun chemistry despite some of the over-the-top action. The movie has plenty of fun and much needed elements to make it a riotous Summer crowd-pleaser with heart.
Where can I watch it?
Free Guy is now playing in theaters and streaming on Disney+.