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Free Guy Review: A Really Cool Video Game Movie Experience

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 13, 2021 06:46

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Free Guy (2021), directed by Shawn Levy, centers around a video game character and how he becomes sort of a vigilante as people in the real world threaten the video game he lives his daily life in.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Free Guy,” a science-fiction film centering a video game themed universe that interacts with the real world. Reynolds stars as Guy, who is technically a NPC (non-playable character) in the fictional game Free City, but displays rare human feeling compared to the rest of the characters in the game. This also enables him to think with emotions and rationality like normal humans would in the real world.

  While he first intends to impress a random playable female character in the street named Molotov Girl/Millie (played by Jodie Comer), soon after, he is faced with a much more serious situation where he has to save Free City from certain game creators in the real world that jeopardize the existence of the city.

    Overall, “Free Guy” isn’t the most special story, but its unique premise and characters deliver a simply entertaining film that can really entice you throughout. There hasn’t been many notable video game inspired movies and “Free Guy” takes advantage of this doing an exemplary job utilizing video game culture while incorporating it into a well-balanced movie.

   Whether you are a gaming fanatic or not, it doesn’t over-complicate the story with confusing video game references and doesn’t make the concept of video games hard to follow for casual watchers. On top of the main story, the film has great special effects, action and comedic moments that will keep people engaged as possible.

   Much of this is credit to Ryan Reynolds’ comedic experience, but the rest of the cast also brought many moments of humor and all have their own style that most audiences can enjoy.

   There are some criticisms on some aspects of the film, like how some characters could’ve been better casted and certain jokes didn’t land at stretches. Still, I believe these issues are pedestrian at best as the movie does enough to mask these issues from watchers and is well-written enough to keep people attentive.

   In the end, “Free Guy” is a positive film throughout and has great characters that many new films sometimes lack nowadays. It’s not too serious, but can be heartwarming in its message and it’s a credit to the storytelling direction to achieve this.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 13, 2021 06:46

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