Five Reasons You’ll Love It - October 3, 2021

Free Guy - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Free Guy - Five Reasons You'll Love It

With a budget north of $100 million, an enormous marketing campaign and a release date delayed four times to make sure it was just right, there's a lot riding on Free Guy. 

But, after a casual one and a half billion in box office receipts from his two outings as Deadpool, and top billing in action-comedies The Hitman's Bodyguard and its recent sequel, in Ryan Reynolds, this movie has the man who knows how to work the genre.

The film is set in Free City, an open-world video game. Reynolds plays Guy, a non-player character, who works as a bank teller.

One day, his world is turned upside down thanks to a code developed by programmers Milly inserted into Free City by the publisher Antoine. 

Suddenly, Guy becomes aware of his world being a video game, and takes steps to make himself the hero, creating a race against time to save the game before the developers can shut it down...

Starring alongside Reynolds in the film are Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi and Camille Kostek.

Shawn Levy, who oversaw the Night At The Museum series, directs, working from a script from Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn.

The film is in stores this week and we have put together five reasons why you'll love this romping action funfest...

 

There's plenty of action...

This is very much a comedy in all kinds of ways, but there are some rip-roaring action set pieces, including a truly pulse-racing car chase. 

 

Reynolds carries the film superbly...

Reynolds has produced and worked on the development of this movie alongside Levy and you can see why, he's absolutely in his element here. Zany, charismatic and irresistible, he anchors the film brilliantly. 

 

Taika Waititi is having so much fun...

Best known in recent times for his work behind the camera, anyone who has seen What We Do In The Shadows and Jojo Rabbit knows how funny Waititi can be. Here, shorn of any production responsibilities, he gets to let loose as Antwan, the hilarious, ego-maniacal head of the game company that produces Free City. 

 

There's plenty of top-drawer cameos...

We won't spoil the surprise, but there are some corking big-names who turn up on screen and even more who offer up their voices. 

 

It's got real heart...

In a world of gaming, with cartoonish violence, larger than life characters and a boatload of CGI, it's easy to see how this movie might feel cold and artificial. Fortunately, Lieberman and Penn's script does a great job of giving you real investment in the characters and the world they're in, especially as it builds to an almighty endgame. 

 

Free Guy is in hmv stores now - you can also find it here in our online store.

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