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A good game movie finally.
You can take it as love story in IT-sauce, it's perfectly fine and go for it - way better than an average date movie. But it has multiple other layers too - when and where we will meet a friendly AI; why so much of the gaming community enjoys violence; what Ninja streams; unicorn pickaxe from Fortnite, and so on, many references to the gaming culture.
Everything is done with soul and well compiled, so You don't need to be disappointed whatever layer You are looking for. And Ryan Reynolds is the Perfect Guy for making the world alive of course.
So, when You next time drive a car and see an NPC crossing the street in GTA or in Saints Row or someplace else - maybe it's time to press the brakes?
Don't have a good day, have a great day.
A better Ready Player One (bar's pretty low) mixed with Wreck-It Ralph, Free Guy's main problem is that it's been over-trailered. We go in knowing too many jokes and plot details, and it takes a while for it to surprise its audience (things I think pick up in the third act). That will go away with time, but what will stay is that the movie feels the need to over-explain itself, as if for audiences who have no video game culture (and just who is THAT at this point?). And yet, it's still very likeable thanks to its stars (Taika Waititi a very funny villain) and Ryan Reynolds's character being a genuinely positive guy (or Guy). It doesn't dwell on its theme equating video game NPCs to the way we, the 99%, are treated as nameless pawns in politi-corporate games, but it's there. I also like how the love triangle comes in at an odd angle. And it's got some replay value, with many gags happening in background action and set design. An amusing trifle, and I'm not just saying that because most of the games I play are sandboxes like Free City.
Still a better love story than Ready Player One.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!