Free Guy Review

Review | Free Guy

Free Guy is creative, smart, and highly entertaining. The jokes are genuinely funny and I found myself laughing all the time!

Free Guy is Shawn Levy’s latest movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer. But can this Hollywood dream team deliver something fresh, fun, and original? Or is it another failed blockbuster packed with tired tropes and bad jokes?

Ryan Reynolds as Guy and Jodie Comer as Molotov Girl in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
STORY

There are often complaints by cinephiles that nowadays tentpole movies are just franchises with barely any original stories. And even though, I love these franchises, I agree. We need Hollywood to invest more in original stories. So, I’m glad that Free Guy is one of these. And even more so since this movie has had a successful opening at the box office and Ryan Reynolds revealed Disney wants a sequel!

This movie is creative, smart, and highly entertaining. I didn’t expect that. It was a really nice surprise. I find it similar to Ready Player One where you are transported into a video game and it turns into this quest to save that virtual world. It uses common tropes while also being able to do something different. The main character is actually an NPC who thinks he is real. And that makes a compelling story.

Ryan Reynolds as Guy and Lil Rel Howery as Buddy in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Photo by Alan Markfield. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
GENUINELY FUNNY!

The humor in this movie is great. The jokes are genuinely funny. Indeed, I found myself laughing all the time. There are also some references to big franchises. I love to see that! Apart from being an action-comedy, this movie is also a romance. It’s a mix of different genres that makes a good blockbuster.

Beyond that, there’s a criticism of our world. It mocks some aspects of the video gaming community and so much more. There’s a striking moment when Guy talks about the real world and Millie interrupts him explaining that the real world does have a big problem with guns. It’s a reference to the everlasting problem that the US is facing. It’s important to have movies that are more than just entertaining but also reflect on our world.

Jodie Comer as Milly and Joe Keery as Keys in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Photo by Alan Markfield. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
CAST

Ryan Reynolds is Ryan Reynolds. It’s how I would describe his performance in the movie and his performances in recent years. It’s disappointing because having seen The Captive, I know he is a good actor and he can do more than the bare minimum. However, the rest of the cast is great! It features some awesome cameos including my favorite Australian actor! Ryan’s co-lead Jodie Comer is fantastic. It’s good to see she’s finally getting big roles in movies, she deserves it.

Joe Keery is also a highlight of this movie. He puts a lot of heart into his character. He gets sweet moments but also some really funny scenes too. And the hair, that’s also part of what makes him so charming, which is something they make fun of in the movie. Taika Waititi is a master of comedy. His line delivery is simply perfect. You cannot fail to laugh when he’s on-screen.

VERDICT

Free Guy is a nice surprise. It’s a creative, smart, and highly entertaining movie!

Free Guy is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox and is playing in cinemas now. 

 

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