‘Free Guy’ offers entertaining view of video games


Story by Sabastian Reyes, Reporter

Free Guy,” rated PG-13, was one of the better movies that I watched this summer. It was directed by Shawn Levy who also made other great movies such as “Real Steel”, “Stranger Things” and “Arrival.” It is an action packed romantic comedy. The movie almost didn’t get released due to COVID and budgetary concerns. Ryan Reynolds, who plays the title role Guy, worked closely with Disney marketing chief Asad Ayaz to release the movie. He is in my opinion one of the best comedy movie stars right next to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Edward Murphy.

The movie is about a bank teller, Guy, who finds out that he is a non-player character (N.P.C.) in an open world video game. So, he decides to become the hero in a world of no limits, to create his own story. He’s determined to be the guy who saves his world his way and to impress the female character, Miller, who is played by Jodie Comer, before it’s too late. Guy exists in a world where crime happens every day. His friend, Bubby, who is played by Lil Rel Howery, who is a cop at the bank, explains that it is an everyday thing until Guy breaks the code. Then Guy meets Miller who explains that this world is a game filled with players. As he is trying to understand, his world is being destroyed by the game creator, Antwan, played by Taika Waititi. Guy will try to save his world and impress Miller and find a way to get him out of the game before he is destroyed by.

I would give “Free Guy” a 3 out of 5 because there is more action than plot for the movie. The movie focuses more on the action and comedy than the development of the characters. I would like to see the character development that was in “Deadpool 1” and “Deadpool 2,” particularly how they showed Deadpool’s previous life. The special effects on “Free Guy” were amazing, like when they turned a building into a bridge to cross the island and leave the game and how they showed the glasses depicting that it was a game. It just demonstrates how far effects have come in making movies realistic. I had the best time watching with my family, seeing them laughing and them loving the movie. The plot will keep you interested, the action sequences will keep you on your seat and the comedy of Reynolds will have you laughing.