Blue Shirt Guy Goes Viral
By Nirupa Mohan Dore
Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds in the lead role as the title character, Guy, in this one of a kind open-world video game, that features Guy as a background player, who decides to live life on his own terms. The comedy-driven drama/action film is purely entertaining and is creatively fun to watch. The refreshing new film with the taglines ‘Life’s too short to be a background character,’ and ‘There’s a little hero inside us all,’ centres on Guy, also referred to as Blue Shirt Guy, who is a seemingly simple bank teller.
The story which initially introduces Guy and his mundane routine suddenly changes when he is shown in the middle of a bank robbery, which eventually leads him to wear a pair of sunglasses that changes how he sees his world. The way the story unfolds, feels very natural and gives the audience an insight into Guy’s point of view, as guy sees his world differently, realising that he is a non-player character (NPC), in a game, called Free City, which rewards destruction, theft and more, in his virtual world. Guy decides to live life in his own way and by his own rules, which makes this film both entertaining and fun to watch.
The movie also stars Lil Rel Howery as Buddy, another background player, who works as a security in the bank where Guy works, Jodie Comer as Millie Ruck, a coder who co-created the game, who doubles as Molotov Girl as her in game Avatar, Joe Keery as Walter McKeys, a coder and co-creator, who works for Soonami Games which now owns the game, Taika Waititi as Antoine, the Soonami Games software company owner, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mouser, a coder, starring among other skilled members of the cast.
The 115-minute film by director Shawn Levy, was made together with producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Adam Kolbrenner, and the star himself, Ryan Reynolds, working in collaboration with production companies 21 Laps Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Lit Entertainment Group, Maximum Effort, and Berlanti Productions. Made with a budget estimated to be between US$ 100 – 125 million, the film proved to be a success, raking in over 277.1 million at the worldwide box-office, backed by mostly positive critic and ratings, with 80 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, 62 per cent on Metacritic and 7.6/10 on IMDb.
The hilarious film that can easily remind some about components from Grand Theft Auto and The Sims, is one that covers a well-rounded story, with good guys and bad guys, with stolen source codes, and even romance and machine learning, while staying focused on Guy. The trending open-world feature feels like the highlight of the movie, with Guy rewriting his story, while being the type of hero he wants to be, without any limits, in his own way.
The story manages to have depth, drama, and passion, while having a fusion of danger, which might just require someone like Guy to save the day, with good character and charisma. Free Guy is a must-watch for fans of Reynolds, given his fitting performance that makes the film stand out. ‘Rated PG-13 for strong fantasy violence throughout, language and crude/suggestive references,’ this is an easily enjoyable film that many will appreciate for its vibrant take on this virtual world drama.