“Free Guy” isn’t just a good movie, it’s a great movie.


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“Free Guy” was originally going to be released on July 3, 2020. This movie won a People’s Choice Award for “Best Comedy Film of 2021”.

By: JP Galope, Reporter

Free Guy tells a story about Guy (Ryan Reynolds, the Deadpool films), a bank teller who is tired of his average everyday life until a mysterious girl (Jodie Comer, The Last Duel) has attracted his attention and turned his world upside down. Upon realizing the truth, they teamed up to stop Antwan (Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit) from destroying their world.

The nitpicks of the film

Upon looking at the synopsis, you’d realize that Free Guy feels very familiar. Some people would say that this is one of the issues of the film. This movie also has heavy influences from WALL-E, Wreck-It Ralph, and The Lego Movie. Zak Penn, the screenwriter of the film, has previously worked on Ready Player One, which explains the virtual open-world aspect of this film. Since Free Guy is rated PG-13 for language, some of the dialogue can be mixed badly. It depends on how much you can tolerate how accurate they captured our new generation.

The great things about the film

As much as Free Guy feels very unoriginal, the execution makes it so much better than what it seems. The cast and crew gave their best effort to make it charming. Ryan Reynolds has always stolen each scene he’s in as an optimistic yet curious person in a world he doesn’t understand. Taika Waititi’s portrayal of a self-indulgent boss is just maliciously hammy at best. The special effects of this film are spectacular that it gathered an Academy-Award nomination. Additionally, this movie is jam-packed with a lot of hilarity to keep the audience entertained.

The miracle behind the film’s release

Ever since theaters have reopened after the pandemic, lots of movies have struggled to support the box office. Most of them have stayed true to its theatrical release. However, others have moved to stream services or both at the same time. When it comes to movie-going experiences, everyone is trying to escape from our harsh and isolated reality. Whether it’s a superhero movie or another sequel from an old franchise, people have come to support these so-called blockbusters. And then, in the darkest hour of cinema, there’s a name infamously associated with fourth-wall breaks and peculiar sarcasm. That name is Ryan Reynolds. With the help of director Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum franchise), they have crafted not a good movie, but a great movie. As a result, many people have enjoyed this one-of-a-kind gem, and earned $331.5 million in the worldwide box office.