When a Video Game Comes to Life


Jay A., Reporter

DISCLAIMER: The following is the writer’s subjective opinion. Please do not take this as fact but as a perspective.

Shawn Levy’s Free Guy is an action-comedy film about a background character in a video game who deals with an existential crisis. Along with Ryan Reynolds (Guy), the movie stars Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi (Antoine), Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer (Molotov Girl/ Millie Rusk), and Stranger Things’ Joe Keery (Keys). It also has incredible cameos from YouTuber jacksepticeye, Chris Evans, Alex Trebek, and more. With so much more going for it and not much against it, Free Guy truly deserves the hype it has received.

Before I go any further, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jay, I am a Senior (Seniors! Whoo!), and you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger cinema buff than yours truly. Whether it’s a clever comedy, a thought-provoking drama, or based on a true story, I am there. If you ever want to discuss a movie I review or have a suggestion I should check out, feel free to let me know. Anyways, back to the article.

To start off this review I have to say that easily the best part of Free Guy for me were the characters. Ryan Reynolds did a phenomenal job with Guy, adding great chemistry and tons of laughs to the film (Guy and Buddy #RelationshipGoals). Reynolds clearly got along well with both the cast and the characters, accumulating in a fictionally fictional character that feels shockingly real. On top of this Jodie Comer’s Millie Rusk and Joe Keery’s Keys had a wonderful connection on screen. Their background was realistic, their interactions felt organic, and their romantic subplot concluded in a somewhat cliché yet wholesome ending. Keys and Millie’s antagonist, game development giant Antoine, was brilliantly portrayed by Taika Waititi. Waititi could have easily brought his performance down the Ben Stiller Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story path, yet he chose not to cheap out in his depiction and I am proud of him for it. The one character I did have a problem with, however, was Utkarsh Ambudkar’s Mouser. Mouser felt disappointingly underdeveloped and empty, like he was just there to show what a terrible boss Antoine was. I would not have given him the amount of screen time he had for the lack of purpose he contributed to the story.

Speaking of story, I must discuss the gaping plot hole in the film’s main conflict, which relied heavily on an odd inaccuracy about video game development. I will not explain it due to spoilers, but I will say that as a stickler for congruency it drew me out of the movie temporarily. Looking back, it also makes the tension at the end feel somewhat manufactured. Plot aside, I felt the humor in this movie was spectacular; The comedic timing was exceptional, and the dialogue felt very natural.

For the last part of this review, I sent out a poll for you to fill out for the Stale Latkes score. The result from 24 responses was: 71%. Thank you to everyone who participated and make sure to look out for future polls.

That’s it for the Free Guy movie review. If you see me in the hallways, feel free to let me know how you felt about it. Look out for the next review at kolbt.com, but in the meantime, I’ll see you at AMC. Overpriced Cokes are on me. Peace.