Films such as Tron: Legacy, The Last Starfighter, and Wreck-It Ralph are considered some of the best video game movies of all time, and they’re not based on video games at all.
So if you know the meaning of the terms “health pack,” “heads-up display,” and “power ups,” then Free Guy may be the film for you.
Free Guy follows Guy, a bank teller who lives a perfect life in a not-so-perfect world. Guy, in fact, is a non-playable character (NPC) who lives in an open-world video game.
One day, Guy decides to pursue a girl that “has sunglasses on.” What he doesn’t know is that these sunglass-wearing characters are avatars controlled by real-life people. Thus, when Guy takes the glasses of a player and puts them on, he, and the game, will never be the same.
The filmmakers aren’t just trying to create a satire of Grand Theft Auto. It’s also a pure unadulterated pop culture overload set to the tune of an MMO video game.
Director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) keeps things moving, and the material plays up Ryan Reynolds’ undeniable charm and witticism.
Free Guy exaggerates much of the video game stereotypes, from the DLC you buy to the vulgarity of pre-pubescent kids, and Levy uses it to great comic effect.
Free Guy is a fantastic cheerful romp and a fascinating analysis of what it means to be more than what you are. Who knew that a satire of Grand Theft Auto would be so compelling?