Guy (Ryan Reynolds) opens the film with narration, explaining his day-to-day life to viewers, including working at a bank. We also gain an insight into where he lives, Free City. But when Guy begins to have vivid dreams, he makes some major discoveries within the city and learns there is more to his life and the world around him. His world opens up even more when he sees a woman named Millie (Jodie Comer) from his dreams and attempts to pursue her. The audience discovers that Guy is a character in a popular computer game and is simply an A.I. with a big heart and huge desires.
Free Guy is loaded with plenty of entertainment which is always exciting and engaging right from the film’s opening scene. There is always something wacky and fun occurring on-screen, even if it’s just in the background. The film is highly creative and there are plenty of elements that feel fresh and new, surprising me at multiple moments.
The visuals, while heavily relying on CGI, are impressive and again, excellent to watch. The audio track is packed with awesomeness and loaded with many familiar pop songs that always suited the scene’s emotions and feelings. The film also contains many references to pop culture and video games, along with some wildly surprising cameos that I honestly didn’t expect.
Ryan Reynolds, as the leading man Guy, is likeable and fun. He’s also a character who has many heartfelt moments, but Ryan Reynolds isn’t the only character audiences will care about. Guy is surrounded by many other characters who also receive a good amount of screen time and are equally fun. Actor Taika Waititi, playing the owner and founder of Free City and the ultimate villain, certainly has many moments which feel energetic and funny. Unfortunately, some gags from this character didn’t always quite land a laugh from me which is slightly disappointing considering I’m such a huge fan.
Overall, this film is wildly entertaining, highly creative, and surprisingly filled with many heartfelt moments. The film is jam-packed with many pop-culture references which were all surprising and unexpected. Along with the stunning CGI and soundtrack, the characters were also great and were equally entertaining as Ryan Reynolds. What can I say- this film is nothing but a sweet, sweet fantasy baby (yeah, I said it). Free Guy (2021) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!
12th August 2021
Written by Peter Walkden
Photographer Credit: Jared Vethaak, Vethaak Media @vethaakmedia