Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Movie Review: Free Guy

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Action, comedy, heart
Cons: This movie is free of cons
The Bottom Line:
Background character
Becomes aware.  Film filled with
Great laughs, fun action

“People with Sunglasses Don’t Talk to People Like Us.”

I watched as much of the Olympics as I could last summer, so I saw the frequent ads for Free Guy.  It looked like fun, and a recommendation from my brother and sister-in-law put it firmly on my list of movies to watch.  I finally got around to watching it with a couple of friends last week, and we all loved it.

The movie revolves around Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a teller at one of the banks in Free City.  He’s happy in his life, going to work and hanging out afterwards with his best friend, Buddy (Lil Rey Howery).  The one thing missing in his life is love, and he’s hoping to eventually meet the woman of his dreams.  His very specific dreams.

Much to his delight, he spots her (Jodie Comer) one day.  That meeting is going to drastically change his life.  You see, Guy is really a background character in a video game.  How will this change his life?  And the game?

Actually, there is much more going on here than even that teaser, but I don’t want to give away any more because it is delightful to watch it all unfold.

Ryan Reynolds is at his best here, playing the type of character he often does.  He’s the everyman who is just a bit funnier and a bit more of an action star.  He excels at it, and this movie is a perfect showcase for him.  Outside of a few cameos, I didn’t recognize the rest of the cast, but they are all equally as good at bringing their characters to life.  Some of them are over the top, but in a delightful, laugh out loud way that fits the movie perfectly.

This movie is such fun.  It’s got plenty of humor.  It’s obvious pretty quickly that Guy is in a video game where the players go around committing crimes, but Guy doesn’t realize that.  A lot of the humor comes from his reactions, or lack of reactions, to what is going on around him.  There are also some pretty great lines and over the top action.

Make no mistake, there is plenty of action.  It’s video game inspired action, so it isn’t realistic, but it really doesn’t matter.  It fits the world of the story perfectly.  It’s very easy to just sit back and enjoy.

The story is very good and ties all the jokes and action together well.  As much fun as we are having, everything is leading somewhere, and it is actually pretty smart about getting us there.  Okay, so my friends had an issue with part of the climax, but it worked fine for me.  What’s great is, the story manages to create heart that makes us care amidst the laughs and action.

Are you sensing that I had a lot of fun with this movie?  The three of us were engaged and laughing the entire time.

The movie does earn its PG-13 rating. There is video game violence, although it is so over the top it is hard to complain about that.  There’s also language scattered throughout.  Honestly, the movie would have been fine without the language.

I’m already regretting renting this film.  I wish I’d just gone ahead and bought Free Guy.  If you are looking to be completely entertained, this is the movie for you.

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