Title: Free Guy
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, and Taika Waititi
Movie length: 1 hour 55 minutes
What it is: The much delayed movie from 20th Century Fox, now just 20th Century Studios about a video game NPC (Non-Player Character) played by Ryan Reynolds who becomes self aware and must save the game world he’s in before it is shut down by the developers.
What Dan thought: I enjoyed it, the inside the video game portion movie was designed to look like a video game and even had some “glitches” in it, like a real video game might have. Reynolds (Guy) and Comer’s (Molotov Girl) chemistry in the video game world was well done, and the action scenes in which their video game characters take on other game characters were terrific. Lil Rel Howery as Guy’s best friend in the video game portion of the movie was funny as most characters he has portrayed.
In the real world setting of the movie, Taika’s owner of the video game studio was just evil enough to be believable, and the 2 main programmers (Keery and Ambudkar) were terrific. There are also quite a few cameos in the movie, one of which got a good laugh from the audience.
I will say though that Disney used a few of their licenses to get things in the movie, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Disney hadn’t acquired 20th Century Fox a couple of years ago.
The song choices and score were great (but Christophe Beck handled it, so what do you expect?!?).
Dan’s Grade: A. It’s a great popcorn movie, and one of my favorites so far this year. Also keep a look out for a few Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the movie. The big ones though are in the final act of the movie. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for them.
Here’s our own Darren Shulman along with Tracey Peyton‘s audio review of the movie: https://anchor.fm/darren-shulman/episodes/Free-Guy-Review-e15rj3d
Free Guy will premiere in theaters in the United States on August 13th.
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