Free Boy Movie Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Star cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Director: Shawn levy
What is good: This is one of those movies you watch because you ‘just’ and you fall in love with it, a great snack movie that has Ryan Reynolds
What is bad: He doesn’t keep a similar pace all the time, which is fine because Ryan Reynolds makes sure to be fun all the time (since he is IRL).
Loo Break: Neahhhhhh!
To look or not ?: Even if you don’t like video games, you must be in this
We land in ‘Free City’ where an ‘ordinary’ guy (Ryan Reynolds) takes us through his daily routine where he wakes up waving to his fish, drinks coffee, does his bank teller job, and repeats it all over again. the next day. day. Understanding the ‘loop’ of the situation, things are clear about Guy being an ‘NPC’ (non-player character) from a game titled ‘Free City’ that is partially stolen from an unreleased game ‘Life Itself’.
Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer) and Keys (Joe Keery), the co-creators of ‘Life Itself’ are exploring ‘Free City’ to find any clues to their stolen code in the game. Millie’s game character Molotov meets Guy, who falls in love with her at first sight, and the two team up to prove that Millie and Keys (in the real world) own the game.
Free Guy Movie Review: Script Analysis
Matt Lieberman’s story cleverly blends Truman Burbank’s shadows into the world of Ready Player One. It sketches the idea of ’normal boys’ and ‘boys in sunglasses’ to draw parallels with powerless and powerful people in real life. Video game movies have proven to be a tough nut to crack, but this one will find a place of its own.
This is the closest thing to showing an authentic reflection of the real world in a game. From Wrecking Ball to Avengers, Star Wars, and even ‘gun violence’, Lieberman’s story is filled with elements that remind you that it’s not just a game you’re a part of. Characters pursuing a single mission get stretched in the second half, but the Lieberman & Zak Penn script keeps the intrigue going by introducing a lot of cool stuff on the go.
The concept of seeing the world with a HUD (Heads Up Display) is loaded with good visuals. What makes this stand out from other video game movies is its special connection to the real world outside. I loved the way George Richmond maintains a slight difference in his camera work when the characters are in the VS game when they are out of it. You can feel the contrast in the FPS (frames per second) as they differ slightly in the game world.
Free Guy Movie Review: Star Performance
It’s not like anyone other than Ryan Reynolds could have done Free Guy, but no one other than him could have done it better. Even though you want Guy to just blurt out some adult-rated jokes like Deadpool, he’s limited by being a nice guy. Although the writers have cleverly given him some wild lines without affecting his “good boy” image. Still, many lines lacked impact and there was a good chance of giving a lot of them to Reynolds.
Jodie Comer stands her ground despite Reynolds’ groundbreaking performance. Continuing his ‘Killing Eve’ streak, he plays two similar characters in and out of the game. This, I thought, could have been played by putting some contrasting touches on its two characters rather than keeping them almost the same. Just a random thought, but Jodie kills him despite some flaws.
Joe Keery as Keys doesn’t have much on his plate playing a sidekick of Josie’s Millie. His character contributes a lot to the main plot of the story, but the structure is too weak to give a satisfactory closure. Lil Rel Howery is designed to be what Ned is to Peter Parker, but he doesn’t have enough money to play games.
Taika Waititi proves once again why he can be such a good actor compared to how brilliant a director he is. It just takes your character quirks and makes them fun without being over the top. Utkarsh Ambudkar is a perfect fit as Mouser and not for once does he look out of place.
Free Guy Movie Review: Direction, Music
Shawn Levy totally gets into the Edgar Wright / Guy Ritchie zone for this one and it doesn’t disappoint for the most part. The monophonic treatment of the second half has some impact on the grip that has been maintained from the start. But the ending doesn’t disappoint by landing directly on the target, making for a fun and quick movie to watch.
Did I miss the Junkie XL BGM for this one? Yes, I do. Was Christophe Beck bad at his job? It wasn’t particularly bad, but it wasn’t the best for a soundtrack that demands a lot of rock and electronic music either. Yes, Beck has endorsed some good projects like the Antman movies, WandaVision, and Frozen 2, but XL would have been a bingo option for this one.
Free Guy Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Free Guy at its core is a simple and lighthearted video game movie that ends in the blink of an eye without making a lot of noise, but it does come with a lot of exploration to do underneath the foundation. The ‘we can do what we want’ tagline is beautifully stitched into the film’s intriguing subplots – you just have to read between the lines.
Three and a half stars!
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Free boy launches on September 13, 2021.
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