Free Guy

Free Guy ★★★½

This being pretty good despite nobody at Twentieth or Disney being able to cut a decent trailer despite having two whole years to do so gives me some hope for that new Ghostbusters movie.

It's more clever than deep, which is fine, with the cast all good matches for their characters, an upbeat atmosphere, and snappy pacing. It doesn't seem to stop dead to do "I get that reference" until toward the end, although I suspect people who game more than my almost none will get more out of what I assume are the Twitch equivalents of Larry King.

I almost want to write paragraphs on how the reference gags late in the movie are antithetical to what the characters believe and the bits we can see of the pre-Disney-acquisition jokes that they replaced looked funnier, but my battery is dying so I'll spare folks.