review by Drusilla Blakey
I look forward to movies with Ryan Reynolds because I find him to be over the top hilarious. So as I sat down to watch his latest release, Free Guy, I was ready for some fun.
Now in all fairness, I have no idea what's going on with today's video game scene. I run across videos of people watching people play video games and I'm honestly a little bit confused as to how that's fun. Now I am very impressed by how immersive games have become. I come from the days of Atari and tabletop games you would play at the local pizza place. So I understand that the experience now is completely different.
In this film, we spend our time inside this immersive experience of the video game world. Ryan Reynolds' character, Guy is simply a background character in a game but one day he decides to do something different against his programming. This, of course, causes madness to ensue! Guy along with his best friend Buddy, played by the amazing Lil' Rel, take us on a funny and remarkable journey as we explore what it means to 'really exist'.
The great philosopher Rene Descartes gave us the phrase, "I think therefore I am" - and we're asked to ponder...does this hold true for video game characters? Does this hold true for people who create an avatar and a whole new life inside one of these immersive realms? Where does reality end or begin? I know I'm getting pretty deep for a funny video game movie, but while I was laughing out loud during the movie, I was also thinking of all the people who play games and really feel at home there. This one’s for you!
There are also a good number of cameos to keep an eye out for and a nice side
story taking place in the real world, so I think there is something for everyone. I know that perhaps some people find Ryan Reynolds to be a bit annoying instead of charming like I do, but in this case I ask you to go into this with an open mind and an open heart, ready to laugh and have some fun. I promise, you'll find him very sweet and endearing.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including gag reel, deleted/extended scenes, featurettes and more. Step into the game and grab your copy of Free Guy available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Studios.