Movie Review: Free Guy

August 29, 2021

Details from IMDB:

Free Guy


A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Initial Thoughts:

Ryan Reynolds, Canada's own "Deadpool," I waited SO long for a good Deadpool movie (let's not speak of the horror that appeared in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") and when I got it...well it just made me see Reynolds could really nail a role, have fun and not shy away from adult material. This movie is somewhat of a return to his romantic comedy roots but with a fun story, good cast, and good special effects, I didn't mind and went to see it in theaters.

Main Points:

Reynolds is a funny guy and he gets a chance to do that for the whole film, let's be honest he is a big enough star that this is his movie, it sinks or swims really on his performance, fortunately, he gets us firmly onshore. I think this is a great example of a fun, summer popcorn movie where you don't need to think much about the plot and just come along for the ride. Everyone is having fun including Taika Waititi and Jodie Comer

The fact that this movie is about MMORPG (when it's more popular than ever) certainly helped for this movie to be a hit, combine that with Reynolds and that people are looking for an upbeat movie and you get a winning combination. Is this an Oscar winner? Of course not, but it's not supposed to be, I was laughing and smiling in all the right places and while I found it maybe a little long (5-10 minutes) I was satisfied with the ending and would see at least 1 more (which I'm certain is coming.)

Final Thoughts:

The fact that it sees the way some MMORPG players are (and pokes fun at them), adds to the enjoyment of this movie. There is a sad moment as this could be the final appearance of Alex Trebek (though it's a good one!). Also, watch for a really funny moment with Channing Tatum and a couple of other surprises I won't give away. Please don't bring little kids to this (like there were when I saw it), it's PG-13 for a reason with violence, some blood, and some coarse language. A solid 7.5 out of 10 from me and hearty recommendation to anyone who just wants to have some fun at a movie.