I wasn’t so sure when the movie started, it seemed odd, weird, but as the film went on, it made more sense. The film starts with Ryan Reynolds who plays Guy on a set routine, he seems to have a happy life as a banker, although being robbed every day doesn’t faze or change, not until he see’s the girl he wants.
That changes everything, the story then branches off between two worlds, the game world and then you see the real world. From game developers, to game streamers (who are real life streamers!) There are a bunch of cameos and lots of cultural references embedded in the film. There is even an in your face Deadpool poster behind one character.
Reynolds quickly becomes more himself when released out of his code in order to evolve. The evolution begins in two steps, finding the girl, then when he finds out about the glasses which gives his character total control over his environment. This is where I should probably shut up as I would easily give the rest of the story away.
There was one moment in the script where they go over aspects between the two worlds, “No guns are still a problem”. That does hit home, even in the U.S. But I doubt a note like that will have much effect on any politician.
A few times in the movie there was this real cheesiness, Taika Waititi who plays the bad guy Antwan, really doesn’t feel that evil at all. But then, this is more of a fun family movie.
4 out 5.