If you asked people and if animals could speak, they would all give the same answer to the question of what is most important to them in life, freedom. But how it behaves with a guy who believes to be free and is trapped in an unreal world? This question answers Ryan Reynolds ‘new action-comedy: Free Guy.
FREE GUY – THE STORY IN BRIEF
Guy is a friendly little bank clerk who goes to work day in and day out with a nice cup of coffee. And his bank is robbed every day as well. The whole “Free City” in which Guy lives is marked by violence. Street battles, assaults, fights, and shootings shape their image.
This image is completely normal for Guy until the day the beautiful Molotov Girl comes into his life. In Guy, she releases unexpected desires and powers. To please her, he mutates from nobody to hero and thus becomes a well-known figure, not only in his city.
Because “Free City” is an open-world game and guy, an NPC, a non-player character who spends his life in an endless loop. NPC’s like Guy only serve the purpose of offering real gamers the most realistic possible backdrop and serving as a punching ball or target here and there. Or not?
Because through the love for the Molotov Girl, Guy develops incredible powers and becomes aware of his being or not being. So, he strives for freedom for himself and his friends with all his might. Thus, he becomes a free guy.
I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES – FREE GUY IN FREE CITY
There are very successful characters in Free City. All together that they wear sunglasses. These glasses make them heroes. But what’s behind that? And what happens when a guy like Free Guy puts on one of these sunglasses?
MAIN CAST & CHARACTERS
FREE GUY – RYAN REYNOLDS
Naughty continues. Ryan Reynolds remains true to his concept. Like Buster Keaton once again, in the role of the Free Guy, he once again offers slapstick, action, and wacky comedy in one person.
Reynolds doesn’t really offer any surprises in terms of his performance, but his fans will thank him for that. After all, like his Aviation Gin, Ryan has now become a real comedy brand. This makes it easy to get involved in her role and follow his adventures.
MOLOTOV GIRL (JODIE COMER)
Millie, a programmer, loves bubblegum ice cream, swings, and a few more, shall we say, special things. Together with her former friend Keys, she programmed the A.I.-based computer game “Life Itself”.
Although it was incredibly innovative, it was never released after Soonami Games bought it out. That’s why Free City appeared.
Since Millie believes that at least parts of her programming were used in the successful game that draws people around the world to the screens, she dives into Free City in the form of her avatar Molotov Girl to get to the bottom of things.
We’ll soon see sweet Jodie Comer in The Last Duel alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Diver. We’ll soon be showing more about Ridley Scott’s historical film here on VALEUR.
KEYS (JOE KEERY)
Her ex-lover and colleague Keys is very skeptical at first, after all, he has a good job at Soonami Games. Nevertheless, he senses that something is wrong with Free City and the sequel.
You have to find out for yourself whether he is risking his job to help his girlfriend.
Keys is portrayed by Joe Keery, whom we know well from Stranger Things.
ANTOINE – TAIKA WAITITI
Antoine is the boss of Soonami Games. He’s a hardened businessman who is only interested in profit. Unfortunately, he doesn’t care about players, characters, or even employees. The question is whether he really stole Millie’s code and will launch Free City 2.
The role of Antoine is made for Taika Waititi. The producer, director, and actor is completely in his element here. Exaggerated, the New Zealander performs the selfish businessman who walks over corpses.
We know Taika as the director of the Marvel hits Thor and as Jojo Rabbit, for whose Best Adapted Screenplay he received an Oscar.
REVENJAMIN BUTTONS (CHANNING TATUM)
In a small supporting role, we can experience Channing Tatum again as a bank robber with dance ambitions. Funnier than ever.
FREE GUY REVIEW
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ryan Reynolds movie if Free Guy’s struggle and pursuit of freedom weren’t hilarious. As always, Reynolds takes us on an entertaining and very bizarre adventure.
In terms of style, FREE GUY is similar to the Deadpool blockbusters. Lots of action and lots of CGI. At its core, however, FREE GUY has a deeper message. Because it is about the freedom of every individual, regardless of their origin and origin.
FREE GUY shows us that in a certain way we live in a fake world and that we should question our real values and not follow the mainstream.
FREE GUY can also be viewed as the antithesis or counterpart to so-called social media, in which people accept what is currently the trend. Individuality, obstinacy, real feelings, and personality are often out of place in social media.
FREE GUY, however, discovers this for itself as the basis of its – albeit virtual – existence.
FREE GUY is a hilarious and entertaining action-comedy, but it has a certain depth. This claim and the story are strongly reminiscent of Jim Carrey’s super hit The Truman Show.
Ryan Reynolds sums up a clear social criticism in his extremely entertaining way, namely that instead of living in a virtual world, whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok, we enjoy real life and our being.
To recognize ourselves and to lead a life in freedom (also from the network).
So we give FREE GUY 8 points for his joke, Ryan Reynolds, and this message. Log in to Disney + to enjoy one of the coolest movies of 2021.
Text: Marco Kokkot
Photos: 20th Fox