FREE GUY (2021)
In a surprise twist, Free Guy may very well be one of my favorite movies of the year. It’s an action-packed laugh-fest from start to finish complete with Ryan Reynolds in all of his goofy glory.
A bank teller (Reynolds) longs for something more in life before learning that he is a background character in a video game that is soon to be terminated in Free Guy. As far as video game movies go, Free Guy may be the best with an original concept and the proper amount of self-awareness to fire on all comedic, romantic, and dramatic cylinders. Reynolds is absolutely hilarious in this role, graduating from cheesy quips to mature humor as the story progresses, accompanied by a well-casted opposite in Jodie Comer (who plays dual roles). Add in Taika Waititi and Joe Keery and you have a fantastic cast through and through (though Waititi’s character is over-the-top to the point of being annoying). Free Guy keeps its unique concept fresh throughout with a a balance of satirical takes on gaming and unpredictable turns that feature crowd-pleasing cameos and references.
The film does lull a bit in the middle and some editing is suspect (Reynolds’ character sees Comer’s walking away, a bunch of action ensues, and then Comer has only taken a few steps, for example). But any blunders get swept away in this awe-inspiring world created by director Shawn Levy and crew that is simply a blast. Reynolds knows how to entertain the audience, much like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and continues to consistently deliver. Free Guy is no exception.
Free Guy hits theaters this Friday.
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