Game Night

Cert: 15 Runtime: 100 mins Director: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein  Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris and Jesse Plemons

Any of you fucking pricks move, I’m gonna execute every motherfucking last one of you!

Generally when you watch a Jason Bateman movie it isn’t good. Game Night came across my lap when I saw the trailer a few months back. It actually looked like a lot of fun and ever so slightly original. Once the initial reviews came out, it became even more alluring. So what is Game Night all about you ask? Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), whose free time revolves around couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this ‘game’—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Game Night moves at a quick clip and the central mystery never stops being interesting. Is it realistic? No. But I thought it was plausible enough that I didn’t have to start picking it apart. I was too busy having fun and even when you think you have this thing solved, it kicks up a couple of notches introducing new characters and some plot twists.What maybe surprised me the most about Game Night was that it had a slick sense of style. The car chase scenes aren’t amazing but for 2 directors primarily known for comedy, they more than get the job done. The scene transitions use nice visuals like a scale model of the neighbourhood, even the title cards introducing the studio were fun with the game pieces falling in the background. This movie was actually shot and filmed well despite being a comedy and that’s a rare accomplishment.

Jason Bateman is as consistent as you get for a leading man comedian and he holds up his bit of the movie with ease. Rachel McAdams is a constantly underrated talent, she’s funny here but as I mentioned above, her chemistry with Bateman is great and carries the movie initially. Kyle Chandler does a good job playing against type as Brooks. As I mentioned earlier as well, Jessie Plemons and Billy Magnusson were my two favourites in the supporting cast, they’re awesome. Game Night had some fun ideas, but I really wasn’t expecting anything great. Comedies are very hot/cold, what you think is funny, someone else might be rolling their eyes. I really loved the first Horrible Bosses and that’s what gave me some hope for this. Keep an eye out for all the amazing cameos too FYI.

7.9/10

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