REVIEW: Free Guy – Starring Ryan Reynolds – SPOILER FREE

Known for his quick and snarky comebacks, as well as his ridiculously handsome good looks, Ryan Reynolds uses his best attributes perfectly in surprisingly uplifting action-comedy, Free Guy.

Ryan Reynolds as Guy and Jodie Comer as Molotov Girl in 20th Century Studios’ FREE GUY. Courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

What happens when a non-playable-character in a video game becomes self-aware and starts to play the game instead of just sitting by and letting “life” happen? That’s the premise of Free Guy, and while it might seem silly, the way this story plays out it actually quite beautiful. Written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, who clearly have experience writing both whimsical and action-heavy projects, balance their backgrounds (Lieberman wrote on both The Christmas Chronicles films and Penn has worked on quite a few superhero properties and video games) to create a feel good movie full of explosions and even a bit of romance.

Although some feel Reynolds’ Deadpool persona has bled into all his characters and performances, this version feels like a PG-rated optimistic Deadpool in a PG-13 world. Guy has the same quick wit we know and love, but it’s dripping with rainbows and positivity. Guy’s best friend is Buddy ((Lil Rel Howery) whose own sunny outlook will make audiences want to see the good in our own world, which is just as on-fire as the one these characters live in. 

Of course there are also fun action sequences, car chases, shoot-outs and explosions, but the humor and humanity in this movie about video game characters is the real draw. Like many movies in the last couple of years, Free Guy‘s release was delayed, but as one of the first ones opening in theaters in a Covid world, the theme and messaging couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. 

Free Guy hits theaters August 13th. 

Watch the trailer for Free Guy here

About Free Guy

In Free Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, Free Guy is directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn and a story by Lieberman.

— Yael Tygiel

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