Free Guy: A perfect mix between Truman show and Ready Player One (review)

Free Guy: A perfect mix between Truman show and Ready Player One (review)

An action comedy that plays with geek culture and where second-rate reigns supreme, with a touch of cynicism. See you again this Sunday on W9.

Released in cinemas in summer 2021, Free Guy will return at the end of the weekend on W9. While waiting for the release of Deadpool & Wolverine, which marks the new reunion between star Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy, here is a perfectly entertaining and family program.

Guy (Ryan Reynolds at his best) wakes up every morning in a good mood. And he follows, without losing his smile, the same ritual: he greets his goldfish, puts on a blue shirt, goes to buy his coffee then goes to the bank to sit at the counter where he works. Routine is her way of life and nothing seems likely to shake her up until the day she falls in love at first sight. A young woman (Jodie Comer, the revelation of Killing Eve, amazing) whom he comes across in the street and whom he will begin to follow so as not to lose sight of her… Suddenly, he shakes up his pre-established program, suspecting that it is his whole world, so perfectly regulated, who is going to collapse. Guy will in fact discover that he is not a human being but an artificial intelligence in a video game. And still not the star of said game, just a character in the background without flavor or relief. He then decides to change his destiny, break the rules of the game by trying to become a hero himself and live a seemingly impossible love story when he understands that the one he fell for is only the avatar. of a player, co-creator of the idea of ​​this game before it was stolen by a powerful industrialist.

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Free Guy succeeds here with the world of video games, Marvel and Disney superheroes, everything that the sequel to Space: Jam failed in a big way with that of Looney Tunes and Warner. Take it in a fun, rhythmic and joyful way. Like a perfect mix between Truman show And Ready Player one sprinkled with Wreck-It Ralphof Jumanjiof Grand Theft Auto and of Fortnite… And without getting lost in these winks and references since they constitute precisely the backbone of the story imagined by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, the screenwriter ofAvengers… and of Ready player onedirected with relish by Shawn Lévy, the man of Night at the Museum

Obviously there are some plot facilities here and there to still remain more or less in line with a blockbuster supposed to bring together the greatest number of people. Obviously not all the actors fully master the second degree which reigns in majesty: the histrionics of Taika Waititi as a villain on duty ends up hitting the system as much as Channing Tatum's self-deprecation amuses. But none of this comes to encroach on the adolescent pleasure taken in front of this story which does not hesitate as savorily to lapse into a certain cynicism. Seeing a Disney film celebrate the victory of small creators against the big groups who devour their creations whole by trampling on them shamelessly, it's still inflated, isn't it?

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