Movie Review: Free Guy…

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Last week, Lynn and I managed to get some down time and sneak off to the movie theatre for a show.

The movie we watched was the new Ryan Reynolds-fronted flick Free Guy, and it was definitely worth a watch.

In Free Guy, Reynolds plays a non-player character in a Grand Theft Auto-like video game called “Free City.” Except, one day his character crosses paths with one of the “sun-glasses people,” the games players, and things begin to change for him. The player he crossed paths with was one of the games developers, Millie, played by Jodie Comer, and their crossing awakened dormant code in Guy. His coding literally turned him into live artificial intelligence.

Guy begins “playing” the game as well, as a good guy. He focuses on helping people, and because he gets his own pair of sunglasses, he is able to level up, something he does extremely quickly. He quickly becomes a phenomenon in the real world, with many players watching him.

Unfortunately, there is at least one person who is not a fan of Guy’s good-guy ways, the head of the game development company, Antwan, played by Taika Waititi. Once he realizes what is happening, he has the servers reset, to reset Guy.

Millie, and her partner Keys, played by Joe Keery, need to reactivate that code in Guy, as it is proof that Antwan stole their code for his “Free City” game, something the contract they had with them forbid.

Free Guy reminded me of another movie, the Steven Spielberg directed 2018 movie Ready Player One, though Free Guy definitely had much more of a humour component to it. While one doesn’t have to be a gamer to appreciate the movie, it does help with some of the more subtle nods to gaming aspects such as character building and levelling up. Still, if you want a good laugh, this is a good movie for you as well.

I give the movie a solid 8/10.


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