Gaming allows us adventure and excitement in worlds we normally can’t travel to. The new movie Free Guy goes beyond gaming to help us all feel that there is more to life and the world than what we see at the basic level.
In a recent interview, Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and director-producer Shawn Levy sat down to talk about that very idea, and how it applies to their new film, Free Guy. We have parts of the interview below as they discuss the film and what it means to them.
Reynolds, also a producer on the film, loved the idea of a character finding his own way: “This really, to me, speaks to a broader kind of spectrum of where we are in the world, and not only that, but how we are in the world.”
Levy elaborated, “It’s like all of us have felt stuck in a loop, and all of us have felt like a background character in someone else’s story. And this idea of — stop living in the background, notice the person in the background, empathize with the person in the background — that’s a big part of the themes that play in this movie.” He continued, “And while they’re called NPCs — non-player characters — and it’s set in a video game, the movie is really not about video games as much as it is about being a person in the world and how you choose to live.”
Explaining how the joyfulness of the movie was a natural fit with the story, Reynolds said, “It really speaks to authorship — authorship of your own life and really saying, ‘Hey, I can personally make things change.’ It’s about people taking some of their power back, and stepping into their light and growing, and making the world a better place. Not just in a world that’s embracing not only equality, but equity, which is a different thing than equality. There’s a lot of really cool stuff that’s happening there in the game, and then in the real world in our story.”
Free Guy embraces the love of fandom, and even the cast are smitten with their own work. “This movie was made for this nerd right here,” joked Ambudkar, pointing to himself. Howery summed it up best, saying, “It’s just such a perfect blend of so many different genres in one movie, and I think fans are gonna love it.”
Overall the movie isn’t just for gamers but for everyone that wants just a little bit more from life and the world around them.
See Free Guy in theaters now.