Available on myCANAL, Free Guy transforms Ryan Reynolds into Guy, an NPC stuck in a video game. Funny, explosive and joyful as possible, Shawn Levy’s comedy hides a host of pop culture references. See for yourself.
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From his first scene, Free Guy immerses us in the world of video games with the arrival of a player by parachute on Free City: the same way to start a game of Fortnite.
When Guy (Ryan Reynolds) goes to his cash dispenser, we can see a robot passing behind him which is reminiscent of the one we can see in the 4th installment of the Terminator saga.
THE TRUMAN SHOW, AN ENDLESS DAY…
The very concept of Free Guy refers to legendary films, starting with The Truman Show since Guy is stuck in an artificial world without even knowing it, like the mythical character of jim carrey. The fact that his day is repeated eternally also obviously makes one think of the classic of classics an endless daywith Bill Murray.
GRAND THEFT AUTO
Inspired by many gaming hits, Free Guy obviously evokes GTA with its cars that can be driven by anyone and explode at any time, its missions, etc.
Embodied by Jodie ComerMolotov Girl, aka Millie Rusk, sports a look heavily inspired by the Tomb Raider outfit.
Halo fans will surely have recognized it: the Scorpion tank appears in a scene during which Guy runs after Millie.
INVASION LOS ANGELES
Another work that undoubtedly served as an inspiration to Shawn Levy, Los Angeles Invasion is based on the hero discovering an alternate reality through sunglasses. Apart from this barely concealed wink, Free Guy pays homage to the film John Carpenter through the bank robbery scenes.
Finally, the fact that Guy’s favorite flavor of ice cream is chewing gum is reminiscent of one of Invasion Los Angeles’ cult lines: “I came here to chew gum or to shoot . I’m out of luck, I’m out of chewing gum.”
A great regular at cameos, Channing Tatum appears throughout the film as a skin that does stunts and victory dances.
It is none other than Matty Cardarople which camps the player who controls the character of Channing Tatum. The actor was not chosen at random by Shawn Levy since he is known to fans of Stranger Things for his role as Keith, also a geek, in the series directed and produced by Levy.
In Free Guy, we find him in many scenes in front of his screen, in a room full of references to pop culture with posters of rick and morty Where Dead Pool (a nice nod to Ryan Reynolds). His mother who repeatedly yells at him is none other than Tina Fey.
Disguised under a mask at the beginning of the film, it is Hugh Jackman who lends his features to the man who asks too many questions to Molotov Girl and is finally killed by the latter. The actor’s biggest fans will certainly recognize his voice.
DWAYNE JOHNSON AKA THE ROCK
Another actor who makes an appearance as noticed as hidden: Dwayne Johnsonaka The Rock, plays a bank robber.
OVERWATCH, RED DEAD REDEMPTION, ASSASSIN’S CREED…
In a scene during which Molotov Girl and Guy are surrounded by enemies, they are modeled on famous video game characters, such as Jesse McCree from Overwatch, a cowboy from Red Dead Redemption, a Ghost of Tsushima-style samurai or a warrior who seems straight out of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
The wall of Soonami Studios, the company that produces the video game Free City, among others, represents 3D bricks, thus evoking the style of Minecraft.
At the end of the film, Antwan Hovachelik (Taika Waititi) goes a little more mad and takes an ax to destroy the servers of Free City. A moment that reminds us of the famous “Here’s Johnny” scene from Jack Nicholson in shining.
THE STAR WARS CANTINA
The multi-player lounge in which Molotov Girl takes Guy is directly inspired by Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley, a lair found in Star Wars: A New Hope.
During his confrontation with the enemy gang, Guy pulls out a weapon that looks like two drops of water to the Mega Buster of Mega Man.
When he wants to eliminate Guy from the game at all costs, Antwan Hovachelik (Taika Waititi) tells Keys (Joe Keery) to “finish” him, even if he is “Arnold Schwartzen-Vador”.
Keys lives in an apartment in which he expresses his love for video games, notably through a Pac-Man tribute lamp.
Far from citing only video games, Free Guy also refers to the mythical game show Jeopardy! with a guy-centric question. Beyond the wink, this scene represents the very last appearance of the presenter Alex Trebekwho died shortly before the film was released.
The final showdown between Guy and Dude is a fireworks display of easter-eggs. We can notably see him using the shield of Captain America…
… facing a Chris Evans crestfallen.
Guy then dons the fist ofHulk….
…before pulling out a lightsaber from Star Wars.
We also see him using the Fortnite Pinata…
…a Gluon Gun style beam weapon from Half Life…
…or borrow portals from Portal 2.
If the vision of Guy’s eyeglasses can be reminiscent of that found in Iron Man…
GAME OF THRONES
…the moment during which the Dude goes after Guy unmistakably evokes the fight between La Montagne and Oberyn Martell in Game Of Thrones (Watch your eyes if you haven’t seen it.)
Gamers and fans of influencers who are experts in the field must have rejoiced during Free Guy, since many star Youtubers made an appearance, such as LazarBeam for example.
We can also see Pokimane.
Without forgetting the star of the streamers, Ninja.