I was extremely excited for “Free Fire”, as it looked like it had a very interesting premise and some hilarious comedy. To top that off, the cast is great, and I loved Ben Wheatley’s recent film, “High Rise”. I knew that I was definitely going to see it, no matter what it would take, so I was happy when it came to a theater rather close to me.
The writing of the film is definitely charming. There isn’t anything particularly revolutionary about it. The story is rather simple and there isn’t any social commentary. The charm of the film comes in with the characters and the comedy. For an ensemble film, the characters are developed really well. What is interesting about the progression of the plot is seeing the changes in the personalities of the characters. The film starts off a bit slowly, but after it picks up, it is absolutely great. The dialogue is very witty and made me laugh multiple times, but the visual storytelling can also be very funny. The person with whom I went to see the film mentioned that we probably shouldn’t have been laughing as hard as we were.
The filmmaking of the film is really great, too. The cinematography is intriguing, really making you feel as if you are a part of the situation going on. The production design is also excellent, making very good use of the single location in which the film takes place. The acting is great, with Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy being obvious highlights, but Armie Hammer and Sam Riley were also great.
Overall, I really liked “Free Fire”. It isn’t perfect, and it isn’t revolutionary, but it is a funny and well-made action comedy. If you like the genre, I recommend it.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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