FREE GUY is based on a unique plot and is intertwined with an airtight script, capable direction, and courageous performances. But an ‘A’ certificate could restrict business.


Free Guy (English) Review {3.0 / 5} and review rating

FREE GUY is the story of a bank teller who discovers that he is part of a video game. Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a non-player character (NPC) in an online open world video game called Free City. Guy, however, does not know that he is in a video game. He works at the bank and spends time with his best friend and co-worker, a bank security guard named Buddy (Lil Rel Howery). Guy wants to fall in love and is waiting for the girl of his dreams to enter his life. One day, he meets the Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer), who is singing the song that he dreams that the girl of his dreams will like. Buddy warns Guy not to chase her because she “wears sunglasses” and is different from us. Guy, however, ignores her advice. He steals a person’s sunglasses and suddenly his life changes. Meanwhile, in the real world, Walter “Keys” McKey (Joe Keery) is working at Soonami Games, owner of the Free City game. Keys along with Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer) had developed a game called Life Itself. However, Soonami’s lead developer and current Keys boss Antwan (Taika Waititi) stole Life Itself’s source code to create Free City. Millie spends her time playing Free City in hopes of finding evidence that Antwan stole their game. Her avatar in Free City is Molotov Girl and when Guy pursues her, the latter unintentionally becomes part of her effort. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

Matt Lieberman’s story is unique and mind-blowing. The script by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn is very entertaining. There is not a single dull or sad moment and a lot is happening during its 115 minute runtime. There are two tracks in the film, one about the adventures of the video game and the other about the dramatic events in real life. The writers have balanced these two tracks and developed the character wonderfully. The dialogues are clever and also funny, whenever necessary.

Shawn Levy’s directing is appropriate and keeps the narrative streamlined. This was necessary as the concept is not so easy to decipher initially. The director introduces the world and also infuses some fun and unique moments to keep the interest going. On the other hand, although the creators have done their best to make sure that the public can understand the plot, it is possible that a part of the viewers will still be confused, even more so those who will see in the dubbed version. Although the overall plot is unique, some individualistic scenes give a déjà vu from movies like THE TRUMAN SHOW, JUMANJI, WRECK IT RALPH, etc. Lastly, FREE GUY has obtained an Adults Only Certificate in India. This is shocking as the movie is devoid of sex or profanity and ideally should have earned a ‘U’ certificate. So this could restrict the movie business as families may not accept it, assuming it has adult content.

FREE GUY’s opening scene is great and sets the mood. Guy’s entrance and his everyday life will surely make you smile. The fun begins when Guy puts on sunglasses and starts doing good deeds to score points. Meanwhile, Keys and Millie trying to prove Antwan’s crime are also a great watch. However, the best is reserved for the pre-climax and climax, where tension levels rise, as does the entertainment quotient.

Ryan Reynolds, as expected, is in his prime. The role does not allow him to play the gallery, the DEADPOOL. However, he manages to add to the fun. Jodie Comer plays both roles with ease and finesse. Like Molotov Girl, she is quite nice. Joe Keery has a crucial role and gives an excellent performance. Taika Waititi overdoes himself, depending on his character’s requirement, and yet he’s very impressive. He is fit for this role and brings the necessary madness. Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mouser) are lovely in the supporting parts. Britne Oldford (Barista), Camille Kostek (Bombshell) and Matty Cardarople (Keith the gamer) are decent. Channing Tatum (Revenjamin Buttons) is funny in the cameo. Chris Evans has a blink-and-miss appearance, but brings the house down.

Christophe Beck’s music enhances the impact. George Richmond’s cinematography is cinematic and the various developments are well captured. Ethan Tobman’s production design is elaborate and authentic. The interior of the Stash House, especially, is memorable. The action is top-notch and lacks blood. VFX is out of this world. Dean Zimmerman’s edit is neat.

Overall, FREE GUY is based on a unique plot and is intertwined with an airtight script, capable direction, and brave performances. The film has a chance of scoring a majority score in the English version, as audiences who will see the dubbed version may find the plot disconcerting. Also, the film was unfairly awarded an ‘A’ certificate and this could restrict the business.


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