Free Guy

Like most films that Ryan Reynolds is in this is his show. Even when he shares the screen with the likes of the highly watchable Jodie Comer. He gives everything not holding back a lick to bring to the screen his character who is not human…nor really a video game character either. Actually, even though I watched the film, I am not 100 percent sure what he is. But that is neither here nor there, what is important is that Reynolds is playing his typical character, who kicks ass and makes you laugh. If you are down with that then watch Free Guy.

While it is a fun watch with a rather modern twist to it, there is certainly some “borrowing” from other films. You will recognize slices from films like Groundhog Day, The Truman Show and Ready Player One. Definitely a summer film as there is precious little depth there but that does not stop you from enjoying it.

You have never met anyone who loves their life like Guy (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool, The Proposal). He works as a teller in a bank and is best friends with Buddy (Lil Rel Howery – Get Out, Tag), who works as the security guard in the bank. Guy loves his job despite the fact that the bank gets held up every day.

The only thing that could make it better is finding love and a pair of sunglasses. What are the chances that this happens on the same day? He sees the girl of his dreams and then finds out from her that if he wants a chance with her he has to gain access to the sunglasses which are worn by the type that holds up the bank.

With his can-do attitude and the fact that he is head over heels for a woman known as Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer – from television’s Killing Eve) he just met, Gus becomes so good at the whole sunglasses thing he becomes a hero to many. Everything seems to be going well for Gus…until…well…Gus and the kick ass woman and even his best friend are all video game characters. The world they live in has been created by Millie (Jodie Comer) and Keys (Joe Keery – from television’s Stranger Things) for a multiplayer online game for Soonami, a company run by Antwan (Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok).

The more time goes on the more Antwan and programmer Mouser (Utkarsh Ambudkar – Blindpotting, Brittany Runs a Marathon) realize that Gus is the first artificially intelligent character. Meaning they cannot control him or even end the character unless they take down the whole game. Now it is up to Gus to save the game and everyone who lives in Free City.

Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper By the Dozen) certainly knows how to make fun films. Unexpectedly fun. Things that at first look like they are going to be garbage but turn out to be more than expected. Here you get some laughs, plenty of charm and some cool action. What more could you ask for?

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