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free guy

★★★★

director: shawn levy (night at the museum)

starring: ryan reynolds, jodie comer, Lil Rel Howery and taika waititi

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

The Ryan Reynold’s renaissance has picked up pace in recent years due to the mega hit that is Deadpool, along with it's sequel, as well as The Hitman’s Bodyguard films. This has led to Reynold’s becoming a beloved cultural figure who’s Deadpool humour has become very much of his persona alongside his growing action star credentials. Free Guy is the perfect, tailor made film for Reynolds, filled with fun, action and a hell of a lot of laughs. Stacked with insane, video game inspired action and gut busting humour, Free Guy is one of the most fun filled films of 2021.

A bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way… before it is too late.

I can’t recall a film that better depicts a video game than Free Guy. The comradery and community of the gaming world coupled with the insane violence, game glitches and the cutthroat designing process are realistically depicted here. And the film plays beautifully with the idea of Guy, an NPC (a character not controlled by a real life player), essentially coming to life with all the awkwardness of a kid finding their way in the big, wide world. 

Levy, with his Night at the Museum franchise work, which is all about exhibits in a museum coming to life, was an inspired choice for helming this film. He not only brings life to the video game world, but with an added twist of originality and zest to proceedings that just make this such a fun ride. From the games overall design to the smallest details like a man on fire who survives just to be shot by another player to the guy perpetually stuck with his hands up, this looks, feels and breathes like a video game. 

The plot is engaging and entertaining but not particularly elaborate in nature but it really doesn’t have to be. This is the kind of movie where you grab your mates, your favorite snacks and have a blast of a night out. It’s fun, breezy, filled with insane action sequences and jokes cracked left right and centre. Free Guy also has a lot of heart from romance to bro-mance that helps get you emotionally hooked into the plight of Free Guy’s real life and virtual characters. Find the biggest screen possible, grab your mates (and snacks) and hit up Free Guy this weekend. 

Stacked with insane, video game inspired action and gut busting humour, Free Guy is one of the most fun filled films of 2021.

★★★★