“Free Guy” Early Reactions Call Ryan Reynolds Action-Comedy Surprise of the Summer
It shouldn’t come as that big a surprise that director Shawn Levy’s action-comedy Free Guy starring reliably hilarious leading man Ryan Reynolds is getting some very positive early reactions. Still, it’s not like the film was on most people’s radars as the potential surprise comedy hit of the summer, but that’s precisely how Levy and Reynolds’ film is being described. With a talented supporting cast and a go-for-broke style, Free Guy sounds like the kind of late summer delight we could all use. Even Deadpool himself might agree.
Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who has gone about his life utterly unaware of his actual position in his world—but that’s about to change. Guy finds out he’s actually an NPC (nonplayer character) in a massive open-world video game, somebody who’s expected, who’s designed to go through the motions while another character gets all the best lines and big adventures. Guy decides he’s done being a mere background character for somebody else’s story, and thus the mayhem of Free Guy is unleashed.
Levy directs from a script from Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and the supporting cast is fantastic. One of the people getting a lot of early praise is Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer, and we already know that Lil Rey Howery steals just about every scene in every movie he’s in and will likely do so here. Stranger Things Joe Keery is also getting shout-outs. As an added bonus, Free Guy features Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi in a meaty role.
Let’s have a peek around to see what those early reactions are saying:
I had so much fun with #FreeGuy!!! It’s silly, funny, delightfully weird, and just all around made my heart happy. #RyanReynolds and #JodieComer are a great movie duo.@FreeGuyMovie @ShawnLevyDirect @VancityReynolds pic.twitter.com/5wMDNrGYv6
— Christina Radish (@ChristinaRadish) July 22, 2021
🕹️#FreeGuy is a joy & will be a hit. A video game movie that actually makes you feel like you’re in a VG. RR is the movie equiv of Ted Lasso (glass half full, full of fab one liners & so darn likable). Jodi Comer is a movie star (ahem Marvel). CLEVER & ORIGINAL! SURPRISES GALORE! pic.twitter.com/UIspkJjVLR
— Nikki Novak (@NikkiNovak) July 22, 2021
I was extremely skeptical heading into #FreeGuy – heading out, I was a huge fan.
One of the freshest-feeling, genuinely funny, and surprisingly moving big-budget adventure movies in years.
Ryan Reynolds is great, of course, but watch out for Joe Keery and Jodie Comer. Stars. pic.twitter.com/QD6T5EL5NT
— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) July 22, 2021
Happy to report @VancityReynolds and @ShawnLevyDirect‘s team up on #FreeGuy is awesome. It’s a fun and feel good movie that had me smiling beginning to end. Also the movie has a surprise or two that legit made my jaw drop. See it as soon as you can so you can avoid spoilers. pic.twitter.com/uCqq22ANQ9
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 22, 2021
#FreeGuy is everything I’d hoped for, and then some. @ShawnLevyDirect & @VancityReynolds have created a universe that’s bitingly satirical & heartwarmingly hilarious. I loved this movie & cannot wait to see it again, bc there are moments that will absolutely KILL w/ an audience. pic.twitter.com/jfRNYg8fvf
— Mike Reyes (@MrControversy83) July 22, 2021
#FreeGuy is the most fun I’ve had watching a movie all year. Wildly entertaining & hilarious from beginning to end. It deserves to be seen on the big screen, not only for the spectacular visuals but for the plethora of surprises throughout. It’s Truman Show meets Ready Player One pic.twitter.com/X9Vec5tluj
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) July 22, 2021
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Featured image: Ryan Reynolds is Guy in “Free Guy.” Courtesy Century Studios.