Although the laughs reduce a bit towards the end, Free Guy turns out to be an immensely watchable comedy film due to the excellent cast and the ingenuity in concept. The makers found the perfect leading man in Ryan Reynolds who portrays the role of a normal NPC in a sprawling video game that becomes an AI program that going rogue.
Infused with witty, self-aware humor which is helped by the charming presence of supporting performers, this film is critical of the emotionless video games of today while remaining wholesome and not taking itself too seriously.
Leading man Ryan Reynolds holds the film together with yet another amazing leading performance in a comic role. He finally gets a role he can get his teeth into and excel. And honestly, he does so with grace, playing the common man shade as well as nailing the eventual action hero persona he becomes. Jodie Comer also puts in a heavy-duty performance as the femme fatale who captures the imagination of our protagonist, straddling the dual portrayals of both her video game avatar and real-life version with requisite ease.
Free Guy is a thoroughly entertaining, funny, and thought-provoking comedy. Seeing Ryan Reynolds getting to shine in that quirky way he has of acting is a lot more fun with a film like this. If you just want to sit back and relax, then this is it. As plot and story and genre go, one could say genre-blending, one could say sloppy writing but there’s so much more to enjoy than to criticize. There are lots of laughs to be had but if you are in the mood for a hard-hitting film for the night, put this away till you need a feel-good. Recommended!
K- Score: 74%
STW: 18/30, D: 22/25, C: 6/8, E: 4/5, PVD: 7/12, A: 10/10, S: 7/10