Free Guy is a creative and fun comedy that fits Ryan Reynolds perfectly. Director Shawn Levy brings us a ride of laughs and twists, and Reynold’s humor drives those two elements. It is innovative and hilarious on many levels. Free Guy’s approach is similar to Deadpool (2016), but without the excessive swearing and weird innuendo. People of all ages will be able to connect with its humor and will have a good time.
In Free Guy, Reynolds is Guy, a bank teller that realizes he is an NPC (non-player character) in a video game that is open world. Guy takes his chances in the video-game world to live his virtual life to the fullest. He begins to find ways to level himself up to earn more in the video game. He faces challenges along the way that contain hilarious twists, as well as some glitches. And Reynolds is not the only great character in Free Guy. Jodie Comer plays Millie, who Guy has a crush on. Lil Rel Howery is Buddy, Guy’s colleague and best friend. Taika Waititi is Antoine, the game’s creator, who only wants big profits for the game. Everyone associated with Free Guy adds fun and humor to the film
Free Guy may seem a bit ridiculous at times, but it’s clever. I loved how the film connects elements that many gamers will know about. No spoilers here, though; the audience will have to find the elements for themselves. I also loved that Free Guy gives more than the audience expects. The film is full of surprises, and in those moments there’s no better fit than Ryan Reynolds.
I laughed often throughout Free Guy. Honestly, anything with Ryan Reynolds is a joy, and I know that this film will touch gamers and families alike with its entertaining humor. Three and a half stars for Free Guy.