What We Watched: Free Guy Movie

What We Watched: Free Guy Movie

This past Monday was a landmark day for our family as we moved Madison into her dorm room at the University of Iowa. She’s our oldest so Monday marked the first time our family wouldn’t be whole within our home. Family game nights would now be just the three of us and we would no longer need to coordinate four schedules to stream our favorite shows. So on Sunday night when we had a blip of overlap in free space on our calendars, we headed to see the much-anticipated movie, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds.

You know that we’re fans of Ryan Reynolds and even took our kids to see Deadpool 2. Don’t worry, we went to see it without them first to make sure it was appropriate for their age and maturity level. We seldom miss out on the opportunity to watch any action movie in the theaters, even going so far as to do private screenings of a few movies when the theaters were mostly shut down due to the pandemic. From the Free Guy trailers and promotional videos, we knew this would include 1) classic Ryan Reynolds snarkiness, 2) Disney and/or Marvel Easter Eggs and 3) Action.

The release date of Free Guy was pushed back a lot, but the movie was well worth the wait. Ryan Reynolds give charisma to a video game's NPC. - SahmReviews.com

After seeing the movie, I can say that we were 100% correct on all our assumptions. If you aren’t familiar with the movie then you should start by watching the trailer above. Free Guy is a movie about a video game guy, living in a video game world. I don’t mean a guy-in-his-parent’s-basement-playing-games-all-day kind of way. It’s literally about a video game. Guy, played by Ryan Reynolds, is an NPC (Non-player character) that is programmed into it. What unfolds throughout the movie is his awareness that his life isn’t quite what he thought it was. Free Guy is like a cross between The Truman Show, Matrix and Wreck-It Ralph.

The release date of Free Guy was pushed back a lot, but the movie was well worth the wait. Ryan Reynolds give charisma to a video game's NPC. - SahmReviews.com

That, by itself, doesn’t sound like an action movie so I need to elaborate a little more. Guy, who is a background bank teller in the open-world video game, decides to become the hero. Of course, he’s nudged by a woman who is actually a real-world player of the game. But she isn’t just any woman, she knows her way around a video game. Guy takes an innovative approach to leveling up his character and it’s throwing the game out of balance.

The release date of Free Guy was pushed back a lot, but the movie was well worth the wait. Ryan Reynolds give charisma to a video game's NPC. - SahmReviews.com

Like anyone who invests their time into a video game, Guy has objectives and some of those involve pretty intense action scenes that can only be appreciated on the big screen with the rumble of professional surround sound. On the flip side, we’re also looking forward to eventually watching it on Disney+ so we can pause and evaluate the massive amount of Easter Eggs that are woven into the story.

The release date of Free Guy was pushed back a lot, but the movie was well worth the wait. Ryan Reynolds give charisma to a video game's NPC. - SahmReviews.com

I’m trying to avoid spoilers because the movie really does need to unfold in front of you. What I can tell you is that there are other NPCs who are loveable supporting characters along with antagonists who are on the front line of shutting down the only world that Guy has ever known.

Free Guy will be showing in theaters then follow to streaming at a later date. Regardless of whether you have streaming access or not, it’s worth seeing on the big screen! Plus… who wants to wait that long before watching this awesome film. Not us! And there couldn’t have been a better way to send our daughter off on her next adventure than watching a great movie at the theater together as a family.

What would you do if you found out your life was a video game?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

15 comments on «What We Watched: Free Guy Movie»

  1. Terra Heck says:

    Sounds like an interesting movie. Best of luck to your daughter at University of Iowa!

  2. william gossage says:

    Sounds like it be a good movie. I do not know what i do if found out my life was video game

  3. Lisa Stokoe says:

    read the instructions!

  4. Tony Platz says:

    My son would love to be in a video game .

  5. Sue E says:

    This movie sounds like another movie I saw that sounds like this. It is called Virtuosity. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe starred in it. I loved the Matrix movies I think there was another movie called Gamer.
    If my life was a video game, I would definitely do things that I couldn’t do in my human life! Like jump off the Sears Tower and climb up Mt. Everest. I would do more things exciting and challenging that I couldn’t do with this old sick body!

  6. Michael Shea says:

    Try not to win or loose so the game wouldn’t end.

  7. Alex Reynolds says:

    I’d surely have to focus on finding my game’s cheat codes..!

  8. Josh Christian says:

    I’d immediately google for cheat codes!

  9. Bennet Rosenthal says:

    I’d find as many powerups as I could until I became INVINCIBLE!

  10. Diane says:

    Stay alive and gather resources.

  11. Pete Donegan says:

    I’d try to find a walk through

  12. Kelly M. says:

    I’d look for the cheat codes

  13. Debra Branigan says:

    I would probably not be too interested in this, but it is my husband’s favorite genre for sure.

  14. Cheryl Bomar says:

    I would look for the cheat codes!

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