Movie Review: Free Guy (2021)

Synopsis: Guy enjoys everything about his life as a bank teller in Free City, blissfully unaware he is actually a nonplayer character (NPC) in a popular video game. When an encounter with one of the city's sunglass-wearing "heroes," opens up a whole new world for him, it puts all of Free City in danger from a game programmer determined to hide stolen code that resulted in successful artificial intelligence.

Who's in it? The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rey Howery, Joe Keery and Taika Waititi.

Review: My wife and I were pretty tired out after an overnight trip for a final college tour for our daughter. As a result of that, I was a bit reluctant to watch a movie with her last night and wound up picking out this movie figuring we could always stop it halfway through and finish it later. Neither of us was expecting to enjoy the movie enough to finish it in one night.

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. From the description, I thought it would wind up being super predictable but that turned out not to be the case. The main story was well-written, with several twists that were both funny and kept the movie's ending from being too clear-cut. 

I especially liked the budding love story between Guy (Reynolds) and game programmer, Millie (Comer). On the surface, it was fairly obvious it was something that wasn't going to work out for either of them but, at the same time, when they shared that kiss in the game, it was also clear their "break up" would be a lot more complicated than expected.

The movie also does a great job of using the background characters in a way that adds additional comedy to the film. My wife and I got a kick out of the bank manager (Vernon Scott) who had gotten so used to holding up his hands, he couldn't lower them and we both enjoyed how other characters, like Bombshell (Camille Kostek), found other ways to break away from their NPC roles.

I think my only real complaint about this movie was how clueless Millie was when it came to her former partner, Keys (Keery). The clues about his feelings for her were fairly obvious and yet it took someone flatly telling her for her to realize it? Only in the movies, I think.

Final Opinion: I truthfully wasn't expecting too much from this movie but it definitely exceeded my expectations and my wife and I both found we enjoyed watching it. I would recommend this film because of that.

My Grade: A


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