Nobody thinks to be the good guy in video games. It’s always about how many kills you can get, or a gruesome fatality, or how hard you can crash into something. But ironically enough, a movie, before a video game, decides to flip the entire genre on its head and explore what would happen if people played video games by just being a genuinely good guy.
Ryan Reynolds stars in the movie “Free Guy” playing the non playable character, NPC, named blue shirt guy, along with other big Hollywood names like Taika Waititi and Jodie Comer.
The movie also frequently features many cameos of other famous Youtubers and Twitch streamers to appeal to its video game genre.
The world that Reynolds character lives in is one heavily based on the popular game GTA 5, which is essentially a large city with inspiration from real-world locations like Los Angeles and New York, with chaos and crime around every corner.
Reynold’s character is an NPC in the game, named Free World, and one day he meets a player who he fall in love with, pursuing her to the point that he goes against the everyday monotony and sees everything the real-world people playing the game see, and starts to level up so he can see the woman of his dreams again. However, he doesn’t play the game like every other person in the real world does, no. He lives in the world that the players destroy, so he decides to level up by being a good person.
The story does at some points feel very cliche. The love interest, the story beats, and climatic moments all don’t do anything special.
However, Even with those cliche story elements, “Free Guy” takes those situations and makes them so hilarious and well placed in the overall story, that they don’t hinder the movie at all.
“Free Guy” is a movie of its time. It’s clearly targeted at a millennial audience, and to that audience the movie excels above all expectations. The pop culture references and jokes won’t make as much sense years down the line. But it’s the perfect movie to get people back into theaters, laughing the whole way through.