"Free Guy" review: Don't hate the gamer

One day you head to your job at the bank, get ready for its series of daily robberies, and the next day you find out that you are a seco...


One day you head to your job at the bank, get ready for its series of daily robberies, and the next day you find out that you are a secondary character in a video game. Difficult break.

This is the scenario in which Guy (Ryan reynolds) is featured in the perky but predictable new adventure comedy “Free Guy”, directed by Shawn Levy. Guy is comfortable with his monotonous life in the Free City game until he meets a player named Millie (Jodie comer), a coder looking for proof that Antwan (Taika Waititi), the money-hungry tycoon behind the virtual gaming world, stole his code. With the help of her friend and partner Keys (Joe Keery), Millie attempts a code theft with a higher level guy, who has become a viral hero in the gamer sphere.

“Free Guy” is as nice as its main actor; Reynolds taps into his endless kind-type charisma to deliver an adorable brand of humor that resembles “dead Pool“Lightweight. And the various comic book characters (Lil Rel Howery as Guy’s ignorant best friend, Waititi as toxic boss) and cameos (a priceless Channing Tatum and a Marvel surprise) make this a perfectly enjoyable experience.

But innovative? Not really. Conceptually, “Free Guy” is reminiscent of a PG-13 version of “Westworld»(Less stab wounds, no sex). Interesting existential tidbits about agency, morality, and artificial intelligence play second after the Strawman’s argument about the baseness of consumerism. The jokes, too, feel well wrapped; they are sometimes funny, but never surprising.

It’s no spoiler to say that art trumps capitalism, the romantic telephoned plot is resolved, and everyone is happy in the end. “Free Guy” has charm, but there’s not much memorable about the same old quest, same old boss fight, and then the end of the game.

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Classified PG-13. Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes. In theaters.

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