Happy Monday, everyone!
We only have about two weeks left before Christmas! I hope everyone is doing well and are excited about looking into the future. This post is about something that is coming out next July, so that counts, right?
Video games is such a popular medium, has been for decades. Movies based on video games are not a new phenomenon but, until Detective Pikachu (and possibly Sonic the Hedgehog? I dunno, the new trailer doesn’t seem that bad to me), the majority of movies based on video games haven’t been executed that well. Some have become cult favorites despite that — such as the Super Mario Bros. movie — but most have been dismissed by the masses.
A trailer recently dropped for a movie called Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Rather than be based off of a specific video game series — which can cause all sorts of problems, from canon aspects of the series to copyright issues — Free Guy is about a dude who realizes that he is living his day-to-day life as an NPC in a video game world.
Well, actually, it seems he has a bit of an existential crisis and decides to do the opposite of what he’s always done while his work is being robbed.
Ryan Reynolds is one of those actors that I’ve never minded watching, and I enjoyed his performance as Detective Pikachu. The premise of the movie is interesting as well, being something that I haven’t seen done before outside of some stories of my own and a few others I’ve seen floating around on the Internet.
Yet, does anyone else remember that era of fanfiction where it seemed everyone had one of those character-gets-sucked-into-a-video-game-world fic? They were a bit cringeworthy, but I thought the idea was always fun and harmless. That is what Free Guy reminds me of.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is below. While the movie is not yet rated, there isn’t anything questionable, in my opinion, in it. Then again, I’m used to the kind of video game shenanigans that is shown here: