Free Guy: A perfect mix between Truman show and Ready player one [critique]

An action comedy that plays with geek culture and where the second degree reigns supreme, with a touch of cynicism

Guy (Ryan Reynolds at his best) wakes up in a good mood every morning. And he follows, without losing his smile, the same ritual: he greets his goldfish, puts on a blue t-shirt, goes to buy his coffee then joins the bank to sit at the counter where he works. Routine is her way of life and nothing seems to disturb her until one day she falls in love with her at first sight. A young woman (Jodie Comer, the revelation of Killing Eve, amazing) on ​​whom he falls in the street and that he will start to follow so as not to lose sight of her… Suddenly, he upsets his pre-established program, suspecting that it is all his people, so perfectly regulated who are going collapse. Guy will indeed discover that he is not a human being but an artificial intelligence in a video game. And yet not the star of the 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 in his turn and to live a love story a priori impossible when he understands that the one for whom he has fallen for is only the avatar. of a player, co-creator of the idea of ​​this game before it was stolen by a powerful industrialist

Free Guy succeeds here with the world of video games, Marvel superheroes and Disney, all that the sequel to Space: Jam missed in large widths with that of Looney Tunes and Warner. Take hold of it in a fun, rhythmic and joyful way. Like a perfect mix between Truman show and Ready Player one sprinkled with Ralph’s Worlds, of Jumanji, of 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 one, staged with relish by Shawn Lévy, the man of Night at the Museum

Obviously there are here and there some scriptwriting facilities to stay still more or less in the nails of a blockbuster supposed to bring together the greatest number. Obviously all the actors do not fully master the second degree which reigns in majesty: Taika Waititi’s boasting as a service villain ends up hitting you as much on the system as Channing Tatum’s self-mockery amuses. But none of this comes to encroach on the adolescent pleasure taken in front of this story which does not hesitate so tastily to fall into a certain cynicism. Seeing a Disney film celebrate the victory of small creators against large groups who devour their creations raw while shamelessly trampling on them, it’s still inflated, right?

By Shawn Levy. With Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keeery … Duration: 1h55. Released on August 4, 2021

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