“Free Guy” is like a hyperactive puppy. It really wants to be your friend. It’s easy to like and fun to hang out with. It also has a habit of running around in circles, losing its focus, and shitting on the floor.
A family action movie that targets the Fortnite Generation, “Free Guy” also preaches the importance of individuality while not only feeling like a dozen other movies but literally incorporating some of their imagery.
An enjoyable cast, including movie-stealing work from Jodie Comer, holds it all together, but one can still see just enough glitches in this matrix to wish it was better.
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With a set-up that feels distinctly like that of “The LEGO Movie,” “Free Guy” introduces us to the very likable Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an NPC (Non-Player Character) in a wildly successful open-world video game called “Free City.”
He wears the same outfit every day, orders the same coffee, and goes to work at the same bank, which gets robbed multiple times a day by actual players in this “Grand Theft Auto”-esque game. He doesn’t care.
Is Free Guy Streaming Online?
Unfortunately, no. While most of the major studios have opted to release movies simultaneously on both streaming and in theaters, Free Guy is going to be arriving exclusively in theaters, at least for now.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed in May 2021 that both Free Guy and Marvel Studios’ martial-arts action movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will get exclusive theatrical releases when they premiere. It’s currently unclear if the same strategy will be applied to more movies being released by Disney companies in 2021.
Is Free Guy Available with Disney+ Premier Access?
No. Well, probably not. We still don’t have confirmation on whether Free Guy will be on Disney+ or Hulu once it has its streaming release so there has been no official word on this.
The Disney+ Premier Access feature is meant to give viewers the opportunity to stream movies while they’re still in theaters for an additional fee of $29.99 on top of their existing Disney+ subscription.
This was the case with some of Disney’s biggest releases of 2021 including Black Widow and Cruella. But since Free Guy will only be in theaters when it releases, it’s unlikely that you’ll need Premier Access to watch it once it arrives on streaming.
When Will Free Guy Arrive on Digital or VOD?
Despite the fact that Free Guy will have an exclusive theatrical release, it could still end up on streaming or Video-On-Demand after its initial run. The movie will have a 45-day exclusive theatrical window during which it won’t be available anywhere else. What happens afterward is anyone’s guess.
Based on how well the movie does in theaters, it could get an early release on Digital or VOD. In fact, it’s very likely that Free Guy will eventually end up on either Disney+ or Hulu after it wraps up its theatrical window.
Of course, this is still speculation and it hasn’t officially been confirmed yet. So for the time being, you’re going to have to venture out of your home if you want to watch the movie.
Is Free Guy in Movie Theaters?
Free Guy is set to arrive in theatres released on August 13, 2021, in the United States. This is over a year from the movie’s original release date so the fans will be happy to finally see it on the big screen.
The film was initially scheduled to premiere on July 3, 2020. But like most of the movies of 2020, Free Guy too had its release delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first pushed to December 11, 2020, and then dropped from the studio’s release schedule altogether. It was then rescheduled to May 21, 2021.
In March 2021, Ryan Reynolds announced that Free Guy’s premiere had been moved again, this time to the current release date. Hopefully, this one sticks.
Movie fans have spent a long time away from theaters but now that the number of coronavirus cases is dropping across the country and the vaccine rollout is being expanded, they can finally head back to their local theaters.
But that said, do take every precaution and check your state’s most recent safety guidelines before you book your tickets for the show.
Free Guy trailer
The most recent trailer arrived in June 2021, just two months before the film is scheduled to finally arrive in cinemas. It features Reynolds’ character Guy introducing his life as an NPC before he is thrust into a vital mission – and you can see plenty of the star’s famous quippy humor.
A second trailer dropped in October 2020 to promote the film’s planned release that December, which ultimately did not go ahead due to a second surge in COVID-19 cases.
Ryan Reynolds has always been one for creative marketing – and Free Guy is no exception, with Reynolds wheeling out his ever-popular Deadpool character for some truly genius advertisement.
The fourth wall is so broken it barely exists in this “reaction” video to Free Guy’s trailer featuring Reynolds and Waititi as their Marvel characters – which is technically Deadpool’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…