Ryan Reynolds’ new movie, Free Guy, has proven to be a huge success. The audience overwhelmingly loved it, giving it an 83% Tomatometer score, thanks mostly to the great characters in the movie.
The characters were interesting and presented people that helped carry the movie to great success, both because of their can-do nature or their villainous misdeeds. Much like Jumanji, this movie had characters within the game both change and heighten the characters’ personalities in the real world. These characters proved that they were well-rounded and served the purpose of telling the story, leaving viewers happy and wanting more.
Keith (Matty Cardarople) was a fun character, one that poked a lot of fun at the gamer culture, especially in multiplayer open-world games. When he first appeared, it was his avatar, which was Channing Tatum trying to act cool. However, when Channing started acting a bit immature, audiences got an insight as to who the person was behind the screen.
Keith was revealed to be living in his mom’s basement and could be heard yelling at her for vacuuming while he was trying to talk to Guy. He was a great character in the movie because he was a stereotype. He humorously made fun of toxic gamer culture where hyper-gamers tried to improve their lives in the game’s world, with avatars that acted nothing like their real-life personalities.
Britne Oldford took on the role of the NPC barista named Missy in Free Guy. While she had a small role in the movie, it was an important one. While Guy was the most advanced AI in the game thanks to receiving coding giving him Millie’s best traits, Missy was proof all characters could grow.
When Guy told Missy she should make a cappuccino, she almost glitched but then ended up learning how. This made her one of the most interesting NPC characters outside of Guy and Buddy as her can-do, never-say-quit attitude showed that she was willing to take up any challenge.
Mouser (Utkarsh Ambudkar) was a tough character to like in the movie, but this complexity made him one of the best characters in the movie. He was a friend of Keys but was also the right-hand man of bad guy Antwan. Viewers wanted him to see the light and help his friend.
That is what made him a great character in Free Guy. While a low-key villain for much of the movie, his discovery about what was really going on allowed him to enjoy a reversal in the final act to a heroic role, which elevated him to a great character outside the game’s world.
6 Walter “Keys” McKeys
Keys had some serious problems when it comes to how the movie portrayed his character. Keys wanted to do the right thing, but he had given up and went to work for the enemy. He turned his back on Millie and sold out to Antwan, so it took a lot for him to win fans back over.
Played by Stranger Things actor Joe Keery, Keys did enough at the end to swing things around and make him a good character in the movie. He spent much time in the background, helping Millie and Guy, who were fighting on the frontlines. While a reluctant ally, Keys got his big moment in the end and developed into a great character when he helped Millie find what she was really looking for.
A movie is only as great as its villain. In Free Guy, that was Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who played Antwan, the man who owned the company that produced Free City. Waititi went all out to make Antwan as flamboyant and over-the-top as possible.
From coming up with ludicrous plans to destroy Guy to yelling out orders obnoxiously to wielding an ax at the end of the movie, trying to destroy everything, Antwan stole every scene he was in. As a villain, Antwan was gloriously exaggerated and a dastardly great opponent for Missy and Guy every step of the way.
The programmers working for Antwan helped create a new giant muscular version of Guy. Antwan then worked on some of his aspects and named him Dude. While created as a fan-controlled character for the game, Antwan dropped him in as an NPC to kill Guy.
While Dude was a boss-level villain, his lack of intelligence and almost innocence made him instantly great in the movie. He dropped a couple of one-liners and then did something that made him truly great when he progressed into a good guy at the end, proving even characters created to be evil could enjoy redemption.
Buddy (Lil Rey Howery) brought the heart to Free Guy. While Guy was the hero and Millie was the warrior, Buddy was who audiences likely related to the most. He was a security guard who worked with Guy and felt secure with his place in the world. He was also someone who was scared to change anything in his life.
He opened up as the movie went on and had one scene where he talked to Guy about what it meant to be alive. That moment elevated Buddy from a friend character on the side to a mentor for Guy and a great character that everyone wanted to see survive in the end.
2 Millie / Molotov Girl
The best thing about Millie (Jodie Comer) was that she was a great character in both the real world and in the game. In the real world, she was someone who knew life screwed her over and she wasn’t going to sit still and take it, making her better than Keys in every way.
In the game, she was someone who would take no nonsense from anyone. She was the person who set Guy off on his mission to higher intelligence and she was the one who was responsible for the good guys winning in the end.
Ryan Reynolds’ Guy was the best character in Free Guy by a long shot. Guy was the most relatable character in the movie for the audience; someone who lived in a world he didn’t understand but still fought to be a good person. Reynolds’ charisma as Guy was on full display in the movie, and it was impossible not to cheer for him.
Seeing the innocence of Guy made him an even better character. He was a true hero, possibly an even better one than the superheroes Ryan Reynolds has played in the past. This is certainly a peak performance by Reynolds.