Free Guy – Below Average Guy

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: What an average, ho-hum film. Honestly, I enjoyed the movie. The first part of this “Free Guy” is fun and bounces along at a good pace. Ryan Reynolds is Ryan Reynolds, and he does his thing well. When they leverage Ryan Reynolds, the movie clicks. They also took a few jabs at the game world, which was entertaining. When they stayed in this realm, the movie was fun.

Of course, as we move forward, we have to introduce a love interest. This is where the fun and the carefree whimsy of “Free Guy” starts to lose momentum. The main flag is when the critical programmer Key (Joe Keery) observes that Guy (Ryan Reynolds) develops because he sees Millie (
Jodie Comer); because he programmed Guy to fall in love with the girl he worked next to every day. Then the movie slows for characters to explore their emotions. This also leads to a horrible characterization of an evil businessman by Taika Waititi. Taika is one of my favorite media personalities, and this was embarrassing. The performance was cringeworthy.

This movie has an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. The only rational explanation is that people were so desperate to see a movie in the theater that they are grading it with a COVID filter. This movie’s scores are higher than “Deadpool 2”, and “Deadpool 2” is a tremendously better than this film despite its shortcomings.

Plot: A non-player character (NPC) called Guy (Ryan Reynolds) starts becoming aware. He must work with two programmers to save himself and his world.