Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is an ordinary, every-day bank teller. He wakes up every morning, says hello to his goldfish and heads to work where the bank is routinely robbed by the people in sunglasses. Guy is also unlucky in love and is just waiting to find that one person that will completely change his life.
That person is Millie, otherwise known as Molotovgirl (Jodie Comer), a kickass hero who wears sunglasses just like all the best people in Free City. Without the sunglasses people, life would be so boring, but when Guy decides to stand up for himself and to take somebody’s sunglasses, that’s when his world changes.
Free Guy is a movie that delves into the video game world and puts it on the big screen. Directed by Shawn Levy who has directed such family movies as Night at The Museum and Real Steel, Free Guy is Levy’s same brand of crowd-pleasing blockbuster, but with a heart and some surprisingly existential moments. A mixture of Groundhog Day, The Truman Show and The Matrix; Free Guy gives its audience a great feeling that will surely make them forget about the real world for a couple of hours.
However, outside of Free City in the real world where Millie is playing Free City so that she can uncover proof that the code that she wrote is being used by Antwan (Taika Watiti), a maniacal creative director working on Free City. However, when she meets Guy, she gets distracted by fantasy meeting reality.
Although a heart-warming, feel good story about the little guy triumphing against the odds and defeating an evil corporation, there are a few problems with Free Guy. The movie does indeed manage to successfully integrate gaming culture, but at times it does feel like it may lose its wider audience with its terminology.
Also, as a gamer myself, it feels like some of the solutions could have been solved in different ways whilst still being accessible to the mainstream. Its base story is also not all that original either considering the wide success of The Lego Movie. So, after a while, a certain song may pop into people’s heads when Guy says in a round about way that ‘everything is awesome’. Also, it does feel through Taika Watiti’s performance that perhaps he feels a little uncomfortable playing a villain as his portrayal fails to become truly unlikeable.
Saying all that though, Free Guy is a bright and colourful, action-packed family movie with great laughs and even a couple of surprise cameos which will surely raise a smile.
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