Shawn Levy's Free Guy
is one of the most refreshingly optimistic and cynical-free blockbusters to come out in the past two decades. Even the conflicts within its story — frustratingly abundant Disney corporation references be damned — are relatively stress-free and enjoyable to watch, begetting worthy parables and moral lessons through to the happily-ever-after ending, wherein the characters of both worlds, digital and "real," experience dystopias and utopias of their own making, with Free Guy
resembling an almost anarcho-communist utopia free of any capitalistic underpinnings preventing its people from reaching their full potential. Interestingly, the film They Live
, a thematic companion piece to Free Guy
, features a setting of the virtual opposite, but with the same revolutionary spirit. At first glance, one wouldn't think John Carpenter's cult classic would be a thematic double-billing — or that Free Guy
would be worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as They Live
— but the two films of vastly different genres have more similarities upon further examination.