Ryan Reynolds Free Guy Is Sure To Be A Fan Favorite! Spoiler Free Review!

Ryan Reynolds Free Guy Is Sure To Be A Fan Favorite! Check Out Our Spoiler Free Review!

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I had the absolute good fortune and pleasure of seeing a press screening of Free Guy. Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, A Night at the Museum), Free Guy is the film starring Ryan Reynolds in which he is a non-playable character in a “Grand Theft Auto” style video game universe.

Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, a back ground video game character simulation who gains sentience in a video game called Free World. Though Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) is the biggest name in the film, I would argue Free Guy is actually an ensemble film with the other main characters having their own equally important story arcs. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) is Millie, a game programmer who enters Free World in search of something that will change both Guy’s life and all of Free World, forever.

Joe Keery (Stranger Things) is Millie’s former programming partner and friend who now works for the owner/creator of Free World. Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) is the aforementioned owner/creator of Free World and the villain of the story. It should be noted that other surprise cameos do appear in the film but I refuse to spoil them because their surprise is definitely part of the fun.

Free Guy is an original story which mixes the idea of sentient video games (ala Wreck it Ralph and/or Tron) with how audiences of the world interact with entertainment (ala Truman Show). In fact, while Free Guy is an original story, it does have a very Truman Show vibe, but with way more special effects and pop culture references. While Free Guy does have lots of existential vibes, its first priority is fun. And it is a very fun movie.

Ryan Reynolds is always charming and really nails the innocent and lovable guy who is thrown into chaos. And the chemistry he has with everyone in this film is remarkable. You can tell the cast had fun doing this. And Taika Waititi is an awesome cartoonish villain. Joe Keery and Jodie Comer are both far too attractive to be the kinds of lonely nerds they play, but their story together is also super cute and charming. In addition to the cast being fun, I highly suggest paying attention to the background environment when they are in the game. There is always something going on and it is not always obvious. The filmmakers have definitely played games like this and knew exactly what to throw in to add to its believability.

Free Guy is just an all-around charmingly fun ride. And completely appropriate for teens and below. The violence is super stylized and thus never comes off as excessive or brutal. The swearing is mild and few and far between. And most important of all, Free Guy has this great message that a nice person and a good person who does good things can actually capture the attention of a world full of cynical and sarcastic people and inspire them to be better. Free Guy makes us want to hope for a better world with better people. I genuinely loved this movie and cannot wait to see it again!

FREE GUY opens only in theaters on August 13th. Highly recommend you mask up and go check it out!