Free Guy (2021) Movie Review ‘Absolute Treat’

Free Guy – Absolute Treat

 

Director: Shawn Levy

Writer: Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn (Screenplay)

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

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


Tagline – The world needed a hero. They got a guy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Free Guy starts as we meet Guy (Reynolds) a NPC (Non-playable character) in a video game world called Free City, his character has a routine, unaware of what is going on around him. When he starts thinking outside of his programming after meeting Molotov Girl (Comer), he starts to question everything about world.

When Guy starts following Molotov Girl around, he stands becoming a viral sensation for not being a violent character, leading to the real Molotov Girl, Millie, teaming up with her former design partner Keys (Keery) who works for Soonami the company behind Free City, to try and save Guy from the potential end of the world from the owner Antoine (Taititi).

Thoughts on Free Guy

Characters & Performances – Guy is the NPC character in this world, having a routine which he thinks makes each day great, with the saying ‘don’t have a good day, have a great day’, working at the bank, which is waits through each heist on a hourly rate. He starts to think for himself, against the programming he should have, becoming a viral sensation that changes the game forever, saving the residents in the world. He is unaware of anything outside of his world, which will be shown in how he doesn’t understand certain things being said to him. Ryan Reynolds is perfect in this role, he brings the charm and charisma to this character unlike anyone else could have. Millie is the real world, Molotov Girl in Free City, is searching for something in the game, proof that her game mechanics were stolen and used in this game to finally win a lawsuit, she will guide Guy through the game, looking to do the right thing within the game and outside. Jodie Comer playing the dual roles, gives her the action star in the game and the geeky figure outside of it, she plays both roles perfectly. Antoine is the owner of the Soomani that will do anything for money, aiming to make sure the numbers are always in his favour, no matter who he steps on. Wildly lively and believing he is untouchable, Taika Waititi looks like he is having a ball in this villainous role. Keys is the former partner of Millie’s he ended up working for Antoine, but finds himself reluctantly helping her once Guy starts acting differently. Joe Keery plays this role well, being the most down to Earth character in the film. Lil Rey Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar are excellent in their supporting roles, where they will both get extra laughs needed in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a simple everyday NPC video game character that starts to think for himself, just before the game is about to get deleted for an update, who unwittingly starts a revolution in the gaming world. The best way to describe this story you be a blend of The Truman Show, Wreck it Ralph, Ready Player One and The Lego Movie. This story has plenty of layers, with the Guy character learning to enjoy his life and stop following a routine. While Millie is in the battle for proof of her work being stolen, while a corrupt owner of the company is betraying everyone around him. It comes together perfectly to make each scene enjoyable and having the message pushed through.

ThemesFree Guy is a comedy that will shine a light on the video game culture, that can enjoy their violent side within the game, while one of the characters starts doing good in the city. The action plays into video game violence, where most moments are unrealistic, but work perfectly for the film, with some great pop culture references. The effects work perfectly for the video game idea too, making nearly every look flawless, despite the complex style of one certain sequence. The locations work wonderfully too, showing us that even inside a game there are quiet places, where the real world players don’t explore.

Final Thoughts Free Guy is one of the biggest treats of the year, one that will make you laugh throughout the whole film.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports – N – Nacho Libre (2006) Movie Review

Director: Jared Hess

Writer: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Darius Rose, Moises Arias, Diego Eduardo Gomez

Plot: Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler).


Tagline – He’s not lean. He’s not mean. He’s nacho average hero
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Poor Comedy

Story: Nacho Libre starts as we meet monk Nacho (Black) who has always been looked down on in his monastery left to be the cook, when a new nun sister Encarnacion (Reguera) arrives, Nacho wants to become friends, only for him to find himself deciding to chase his dream of becoming a luchador wrestler, joining forces with Esqueleto (Jimenez).

The pair do start bringing in the money, with the goal being to raise enough money to give the orphans a better life, even if this means going against everything his religion says.

Thoughts on Nacho Libre

Characters – Nacho has lived in the monastery his whole life becoming a monk, only he doesn’t get treated the same as the rest of the monks, he is the chef with little amounts of food to work with, with a dream of becoming a luchador wrestler. He is torn between following this dream to make the most with money which could help the orphans, or continuing his faith. Sister Encarnacion is the newest member of the monastery, she is turns heads with everybody wanting to get to know her better, with Nacho using her as inspiration to continue chasing his dream. Esqueleto is a homeless young man that Nacho convinces to becoming his tag team partner, with the two making money while entertaining to the crowds in the process.

PerformancesJack Black does seem to struggle to hit the comedy levels we know he can reach in this film, being too much of a parody for his own good. We don’t have the best from any of the cast here, because nothing feels natural enough for the comedy to flow.

StoryThe story here follows a monk that wants to follow his dream of becoming a luchador wrestler to help fund the monastery get the supplies required. This story doesn’t seem to get going with each scene seeming to look like a sketch show rather than a connected story. The idea of chasing someone’s dream is a nice idea, though it just doesn’t seem to become that believable in anyway. This is a story that has an idea of heart, only it just doesn’t seem to understand how to pull through the heart side of the film.

Comedy/SportsThe comedy in this film misses more often than not, it aims to try and copy Mexican stereotypes more than anything else., with the sports side of the film being about wrestling in the Mexican style, which seems to focus on real fighting, rather than what wrestling truly is.

SettingsThe film uses two main settings, the monastery and the wrestling areas, both become important to what is going on with Nacho.


Scene of the Movie – Final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The random eagle egg scene.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses more often than it hits, it ends up feeling disappointing and not understand the true meaning in wrestler in Mexico.

Overall: Disappointing Comedy.