Guy (Ryan Reynolds) discovers that things inside his world look a lot different when you have special sunglasses. [credit: 20th Century Studios ]
In video games and computer graphics, the concept of the “uncanny valley” can emerge once something approaches visual realism. The more a virtual character looks like a human, the more our brains squarely focus on the CGI inaccuracies.
I kept thinking about this concept after seeing Free Guy, a new film from the combined Disney-Fox borg that takes gaming authenticity very seriously. But I didn’t feel that way because the movie, starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows), resembles the CGI tragedy of 1999’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
Rather, Free Guy‘s insistence on gaming-universe authenticity, which it takes damned seriously, means it approaches a conceptual uncanny valley. How much that’ll annoy you is arguably the biggest question mark attached to an otherwise solid, fun, and family-friendly action flick.