Ryan Reynolds does not star in Free Guy
If you’ve ever sat down to play a video game, you might have wondered: what if I was actually in the game? What can I do and where can I go? free guy is there to answer these questions, explain the rules of the game and bring a dose of reality to virtual reality. Directed by Shawn Levy and written by Matt Lieberman, the film turns out to be more than just a gimmick, and it doesn’t skimp on any of the immersive effects you might expect, depicting a vast man-made world.
Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, a character from this world, and his sarcastic, mind-boggling humor is perfect for the role. He’s an Everyman (according to the name) with an outfit so generic it hurts to look. When he takes his morning walk to work, helicopters slam into buildings, cars swerve against other cars, and someone is thrown through a window, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. Even when he and his best friend (Lil Rel Howery) are robbed at gunpoint, Guy doesn’t care one iota; he just shrugs, drops to the ground, and asks Buddy what his plans are for the weekend.
He doesn’t realize he’s living in a video game until he meets Molotov Girl (Kill Eve Jodie Comer), an avatar in “Free City”. She’s a cool, quiet-talking assassin who searches for proof that Antoine (a tech mogul played by Taika Waititi) stole his code. She is also Guy’s dream girl, and when he follows her on a secret mission, he discovers that he is not a man but a non-player character (NPC), one of those nameless who wanders around. the background of games like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.
That’s not to say he can’t do human things, though. The third act allows Guy to be a free man, while the other NPCs live their lives in an endless, uninspiring loop. He puts on a pair of glasses and plays the game himself, becoming the world’s first artificial intelligence player as he levels up, helps Molotov, and sifts through a stunning landscape of digital stairs and bridges, d celebrity explosions and cameos.
free guy is an explosion of dizzying chaos, though it does not stray from the lines of its Truman Show-style formula. The novelty of humans trapped in an artificial world sustains the film, with genuinely human and ironically emotional performances. While Comer shows off his heroic side with a tight-fitting costume and black undertones, Reynolds is the real star, giving a thoroughly believable performance as a surrogate for the confused and sympathetic audience. He is our player character and the eyes through which we see this world. At one point, we even see Molotov’s behind from his perspective.
Which begs the question: who is this film for? With a slightly light tone, PG-13, it feels like a family movie, but some scenes are not suitable for children. There’s a lot of eyeglasses and sexual innuendo, which could lead to awkward family conversations on the drive home. It should also be mentioned that jokes are not “New” friendly. There are references to RGT, Fifteen days, Call of Duty, skins, mods, maps, missions and dozens of Easter eggs that only players will notice. But hey, it’s a video game movie. You could do a lot worse than a few pips.