“A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.” -IMDB
I believe I’ve said it before on the blog, but these days, with all that is going on in the world, sometimes you just need some brain candy. Something that is fun to watch, had likable actors, and an easy storyline to follow. Free Guy was exactly that, but it even went slightly above and beyond that, by subtly throwing in commentary on modern culture that rings true now more than ever. Let me clarify…
The delay of Free Guy by over a year made me concerned that it’s distribution team was trying to hype it up too much. But, let’s be honest, even if Ryan Reynolds is beginning to basically play himself in every movie, he’s so damn charming, hilarious, and likable, that I really don’t mind it.
His character, (Blue Shirt) Guy, is a non-player character within an open-world video game, Free City, who decides to change his fate by finding romance with the human creator of the game, Millie/Molotov Girl. Meanwhile, Millie and her co-creator, Keys, begin battling the the game’s distributor, Soonami Games and it’s leader, Antoine, in order to prove that Free City’s code was stolen from Millie and Key’s original game, Life Itself.
The movie touches on our numbness to extreme violence and the lack of sensitivity and real human connection that technology can create in us. But it does so in such an uplifting, colorful, exciting to watch way that you barely notice that you’re consuming those themes. Honestly, the word that kept running through my mind as I left the theater with a smile on my face was delightful. It was a delightful movie that I will absolutely watch again.
Rating: 8 out of 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Nobody, Ready Player One
Streaming: Available in theaters
With: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi
Directed By: Shawn Levy