Director: Shawn Levy
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 115 Minutes
Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Owen Burke, Channing Tatum, Matty Cardarople
Plot: Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a bank teller in Free City, living each day just like the last, until he meets Millie, aka Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer) who helps him discover he’s actually an NPC in a video game.
My Thoughts: I can’t even tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this movie. Ryan Reynolds is my favourite comedic actor, and I’ve been a gamer since I was little so this movie was made for me. To get to see it 2 days early as part of my local cinema’s secret movie night was just the icing on the cake. It was so worth the wait! I was expecting a half-decent comedy with lots of references, similar to Ready Player one (2018) and it was so much more than that. It somehow had quite an original storyline, and a decent romcom side plot too which I wasn’t expecting.
Yes, the references are great. World of Warcraft players will have a few big ones to laugh about. Just look up the cast on IMDB to find loads of huge voice cameos, too. There’s so much detail to Free Guy that I think you could watch it 5 times and still find new things to marvel over. I’m familiar with Jodie Comer (but she reminds me so much of someone and I can’t put my finger on who) but I loved her here. It’s a lot of fun seeing a character in real life and then comparing them to their game character in Free City. Honestly, fun is just the perfect word to describe everything about it.
I don’t want to discuss the bigger jokes in detail because there’s some really shocking cameos and surprises that are better to be witnessed without knowing about them. This is the kind of movie that demands to be seen in a cinema. The buzz, the crowd of people laughing out loud at even the smaller jokes, it was just such a great experience. I don’t know what’s around the corner but for now, cinema is back and I’m here for it.
Best Bit: *SPOILERS* Ask anyone their favourite moment and I guarantee most will have the same answer. Guy lifting up Captain America’s shield just at the critical moment, with the Avengers music blaring, followed by Chris Evans watching from his phone – BRILLIANT. The whole room absolutely lost it, in fact I haven’t seen a crowd lose it like that since that famous Captain America moment in Endgame! And then Dude. Just…Dude. What a character.
Worst Bit: The gamer in me can’t help but pick apart some of the logic here, I’m sorry. It was the only thing stopping me from giving it a full 5 out of 5. I know it’s for storytelling purposes that Guy couldn’t be stopped, but if that’s the case why show us that the staff have their own characters and can activate God Mode if they aren’t ever going to use it again?
Fun Trivia: Shortly after Guy dons the sunglasses, over his shoulder you can see a power-up on the floor entitled “Blatant Product Placement”, which appears in the shape of a gin bottle. This is likely a reference to Aviation American Gin, of which Ryan Reynolds (who plays Guy) had a stake in and maintains an ongoing ownership interest.
My Rating: 4 and a half cups of medium coffee, with cream and two sugars.