Free Guy

Free Guy ★★

A bubblegum mash up of thematically richer movies such as Her, The Truman Show, and Stranger than Fiction.
Much like a sugary treat it provides us with instant gratification but is ultimately empty, and corrosive if you spend enough time in it.

There’s also the Ryan Reynolds problem. As a Guy I find him charming, as an actor I find him confusing. He has a leading mans face but his charisma is frequently buried under his sarcastic shtick, or in the case of this movie, a forced optimism.

Reynolds has a knack for picking projects that play to his strengths by not pushing him too hard. Unfortunately it results in charming performances in forgettable movies.

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