Shawn Levy


August 13, 2021



Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Lil Rel Howery, Jodie Comer, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.


Free Guy, a family-friendly action picture targeted for the Fortnite Generation, also stresses the importance of individuality even though it doesn’t feel like a dozen other films and incorporates some of their graphics. It’s trying to be your best buddy. It’s simple to get along with and enjoyable to spend time with. It also has a nasty tendency of racing around in circles, becoming distracted, and urinating on the floor.


The open-world video game “Free City” cast Ryan Reynolds as Guy, an endearing NPC (Non-Player Character). A player in this “Grand Theft Auto”-like the game plays as a character who goes to work every day wearing the exact same clothes, ordering the same coffee, and going to the same bank. He is apathetic. For Guy and Buddy (Lil Rel Howery), everything is going well until Buddy (Comer) sees a genuine player who goes by the name Molotov Girl (Comer) and breaks his routine.

Antwan (Taika Waititi) is the egotistical publisher of the game “Free City,” and she’s attempting to discover proof that the game’s boring experience was distorted from her programming by Antwan (Guy). Guy and his Neo establish an alliance to essentially tear “Free City” apart from the inside, beginning with Guy’s reluctance to increase his rank via violence. The guy exclusively picks the good missions in the game. The moment Millie and Keys realize what has been produced here, they set out to protect genuine progress from opportunistic business.

An attempt is made to separate itself from previous films like “The Matrix,” “Ready Player One,” and even “The Truman Show” while simultaneously sprinkling in more frequent allusions to video games and pop culture. The most delicate parts of the film use the concept’s potential, while the poorest parts imitate other, superior works.

To keep “Free Guy” going, Levy makes use of the inherent charm of his actors. Reynolds is a master of the attractive action hero role. Still, Comer is a revelation as Molotov Girl, charismatically tying together both the action-packed sequences and the more character-driven parts as Millie. This picture would be nothing without her, but it is beautiful to watch the amiable Joe Keery in his most nuanced performance ever. Unfortunately, in the second part of the film, both surrender a little too much screen time to an overacting Waititi, who repeatedly hits the same unfunny beats and ends up seeming cartoonish rather than the real NPCs.