Free Guy (2021) Review

Free Guy (2021)

Directed by Shawn Levy

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb)
A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

My Opinion:

I still haven’t gone to the cinema through the whole pandemic & have no plans to anytime soon but, man, we’re SO missing going to new movies!!! The last thing we all saw in the cinema together (me, hubby & kid) was Onward, which was a “meh” one to end on. So we decided to end the summer school break with a trip to a drive-in.

I was very lucky growing up as there was a great drive-in not far from my tiny American Midwest town (with great pizza!) but I know it’s a novelty in the U.K. They do outdoor showings of older movies here sometimes (saw The Greatest Showman that way) but, seriously, who wants to sit outdoors in shitty U.K. weather?! Too risky in rainy England! So it’s cool that some small drive-ins have popped up during the pandemic. And it didn’t even rain during Free Guy! Yay! They just need to start doing double features – that’s what it always was at the one in America. And it was cheap, too (but it was the ’80s/’90s so I’m sure the cost has gone up). At £30 a car here, it’s good for a couple of trips but we can’t do that regularly. Was worth the cost to see one movie in a year & a half, though.

Anyway. Enough reminiscing about my high school drive-in days (I was so annoyed with my boyfriend wanting to make-out the whole time – I wanted to watch the damn movies). Suppose I should talk about Free Guy?? I probably enjoyed it slightly more than I might have as I needed a movie fix so bad but I thought it was a lot of fun. I even giggled a few times! I’m not a LOL person. Ryan Reynolds is always likeable, of course, but I also really liked Jodie Comer’s character. She’s also more than “just the love interest” – Her role is as big & as important as Ryan’s. The idea itself was good but, admittedly, not the most original. We’ve seen the whole “living in a video game” thing quite a lot. But this movie brought enough of a new spin to the idea plus the romance was surprisingly good (especially at the end). It managed to be slightly unpredictable, which was cool.

Ryan & Jodie are the characters we see the most by far but there were some really good smaller roles too. I can’t say much as I want to avoid spoilers but “Dude” was the best. That’s what got the most giggles out of me (but I’m a little immature). Also liked Ryan’s best friend and that guy from Stranger Things wasn’t too bad despite his always weird hair. And Taika Waititi was as entertaining as always, playing an evil game developer. Plus there are several cameos that I won’t spoil. Yeah, it was lightweight entertainment but that’s exactly what we all needed. Scary that it’s going to end up pretty high on my list of 2021 U.K. releases! But I can’t see absolutely loving many of the upcoming 2021 films. Let’s see how Dune turns out…

My Rating: 7/10

12 thoughts on “Free Guy (2021) Review

  1. Ooh a drive-in sounds fun! I did one for Wonder Woman 1985 in December, but the weather wasn’t great.

    I’ve been to the cinema three times recently and found it fine. Good social distancing and of course you can put a mask in if it makes you feel more comfortable.

    Anywho, Free Guy. I absolutely loved this. I’m a gamer myself so enjoyed the more specific gaming references and YouTuber cameos.

    It was fun, original, and with a great soundtrack.

    • The drive-in was fun! Too much money to do too often plus probably not as fun in cold weather. But it’s really cool that they’re doing more drive-in movies in the U.K. at the moment. Have a feeling we may need to do the cinema to see Dune. I have plenty of days left to book off work (yay!) so we’ll probably try to do an early weekday morning when it’s quiet.

      Glad you enjoyed this movie too – it really was the exact sort of lighthearted family entertainment I was needing. ☺️ Wish they’d make more like it! Too many movies are too serious these days.

    • Mike!!!! You’re alive!!!! 😁 I was worried after you got yourself banned from Twitter or something. Ha! And, yes, I DO have awesome taste in movies. Thank you. Your spellchecker accidentally changed awesome to awful. 😎

      • I’ve followed! Try to not get banned again. 😆 Man, that sucks about the health. Hope you’re okay! I ended up in the hospital a few months ago & now I’m on a really long waiting list for surgery. Can’t do much as have pain if I don’t take it easy so kind of stuck at home watching movies. Which is my favorite thing to do, so… It’s okay for now I guess! 🙃

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