Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Director: John Francis Daley
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Comedy | Crime | Suspense | 2018
This is one of those movies that you go into the theater thinking that one thing is going to happen, and it does, but then so much more happens that throws you off guard for a second. Game Night is about a group of friends who regularly get together for game nights. This time however, Brooks (played by Kyle Chandler), has decided he wants to host game night and plans for a murder mystery game. Brooks’ brother, Max (Jason Bateman) and his wife Annie (Rachel McAdams) are the key players in the game due to sibling rivalry.
There’s more to this movie that just the murder mystery though. The catch is Brooks was actually kidnapped and no one knows it. The thing that caught me off guard, is that the entire group learns this well before the film is more than 30 minutes in. So how does this movie keep going? Well, it turns into an action movie that loosely making fun of Taken and there are several references to Liam Neeson.
Game Night is a lot more violent than I would have thought. With the audience not being sure of who is an actor, who is an actual bad guy, and what plot twist will happen next.
Batman and McAdams I felt like had great chemistry on scene and I found that comedy of this film to be pretty good. Recurring jokes about sibling rivalry between Max and Annie. Recurring jokes about glass tables and Denzel Washington between Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury). Recurring jokes about being British and being completely dumb between Ryan (Billy Magnussen) and Sarah (Sharon Horgan). And lastly, the recurring creepy yet comedic characteristics of the neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons).
I thought the transitional scenes were very interesting. I liked the toy-like (or game-like) pieces that panned into something real. I’m not sure how I felt about all the neon sign looking labels through. The music gave the film an ominous yet somewhat “scary” feel even though it’s a comedy. I wonder if that is on purpose with the kidnapping aspect, or if it’s supposed to be some kind of comedy aspect as well. Probably both.
It was a non-stop roller coaster that comes together pretty well in the end. I particularly liked the end scene the best… and the scene in the mansion with the egg. Overall, I found it funny and something unexpected based on the IMDB movie description. I’ll give it a “Liked It” and recommend it if you’re into comedic movies that also have cat and mouse chase action scenes. (4/5).
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