|Running time:||115 minutes|
|Release date:||13 august 2021|
Great movies not only manage to entertain us intelligently but also to make us see our current reality under a new prism. While many films have already tried to adapt the world of video games to the cinema, only one to date has really convinced us: Ready Player One, whose script was co-written by Zak Penn, who we meet again here as co-writer. We had to wait seven years for the director Shawn Levy to offer us a new film after Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Night at the Museum (2006) and Real Steel (2011) and we must admit that the wait is deserved as Free Guy is one of the major films of this year.
Free Guy starts from a postulate in the era of time and seems to answer a fundamental question that is the perception of our reality. We discover Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a bank teller who discovers that he is in fact a secondary player in an open world video game. Like Trinity in The Matrix, Milly (aka Molotov Girl) (Jodie Corner) will open his eyes and enlist his help to confront a dangerous real-world entrepreneur Antoine (Taika Waititi) who has stolen his creation to create a virtual world adored by millions of gamers around the world. Guy decides to become the hero of his own story... which he rewrites himself. In a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world in his own way... before it's too late. The many levels of reading of Free Guy certainly gives it a solid foundation and far from being a succession of dantesque scenes, the screenwriters Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn have brought a real approach to the universe of current video games.
If Free Guy is an undeniable success, it's because it manages to perfectly parallel the real world and that of an open world video game. In the same way the director knew how to take advantage of the means in his possession and extract the best of the scenario to create a film that has everything to become cult. The different levels of reading will make you want to see this film again and again to catch the many small details. Two scenes will also risk becoming cult, one daring to tackle a social phenomenon in the United States that we do not see coming (and even surprises the character Guy). The other one is the scene that all Marvel fans will find simply jubilant (we won't say more). On a perfect tempo and with a perfect cast, Free Guy mixes perfectly the comedy, the fantasy and the action movie. Once again, this film shows the importance of cinema to live on the big screen spectacular films filled with strong emotions.
The quator Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joel Keery and Lil Rel Howery works wonderfully and allows us to spend an excellent moment. Far from being a new blockbuster too smooth and like some without soul, Free Guy stands out as a new undeniable success for the director Shawn Levy whose next film we are impatiently waiting for.
Directed by Shawn Levy
Screenplay by Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn
Story by Matt Lieberman
Produced by Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy, Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti, Adam Kolbrenner
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi
Cinematography : George Richmond
Edited by Dean Zimmerman
Music by Christophe Beck
Production companies : Berlanti Productions 21 Laps Entertainment, Maximum Effort, Lit Entertainment Group
Distributed by 20th Century Studios
Release date : Augsut 11, 2021 (France), August 13, 2021 (United States)
Running time : 115 minutes
Seen on July 22, 2021 at Publicis Cinémas, Room 1