Directed by Shawn Levy, written by Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman. Ryan Reynolds is Guy, a man loving his life, he loves his apartment, his gold fish, his morning coffee, his job at the bank and his best friend Buddy (Lil Rel Howery). His home town is odd, run by glasses wearing heroes, who laws are merely suggestion, as they run around shooting, stealing, blowing things up. But that doesn’t bother guy, what does is the lack of a love in his life, until one day he sees his dream woman, Millie (Jodie Comer) who he follows, a decision that completely changes his world and his reality.
I really enjoyed this, the plot is nuts, a strange mix between The Matrix, The Lego Movie and The Truman Show. It’s funny and surprisingly charming, there’s fun in-jokes for gamers and film fans with cameos, references and visual gags a plenty.
Its main joy comes from its lead performers armed with a fun script. Reynolds is prime Reynolds with a toned down less sweary, less violent Deadpool. Comer brings a touch of Villanelle and plenty of charm. There’s plenty of enjoyable support from Howery, Taika Waititi, Channing Tatum and Joe Keery as Keys. All enjoy delivering a script that is fast moving, with plenty of humour.
The plot itself is madness and took a little time to win me over, at the halfway point I wasn’t sure it was working for me as much as it should. But by the end I’d been drawn in by the silliness, humour and surprising amounts of charm.
Free Guy is an odd film really, not original, leaning heavily on some very well known stories and takes a little time to win you over. But with Reynolds at his enjoyable best alongside Comers charm, for all of its silliness, it was real fun and lets face it who doesn’t want that, I did and throughly enjoyed it.