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Game Night is a 2018 black comedy film, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and written by Mark Perez. The film stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and follows a group of friends whose weekly game night gets kicked up a notch after they arrange a murder mystery party. When one of them gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game but as the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that the game is not what it seems to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
Game Night is an enjoyable comedy romp that entertains throughout while never hitting its full stride. Jason Bateman is as dependable as ever, he’s a funny man and good in pretty much everything. He had great chemistry with Rachel McAdams as well, who is also in good form. It is the back and forth between the two leads that really makes this movie tick, they drive it forward and are great together. The rest of the cast is solid and equally amusing too, all feeling like vital parts to the comedy package, while Jesse Plemans is simply brilliant as the couples creepy neighbour.
Fast paced, funny and filled with memorable moments and characters, Game Night is worth a watch without a doubt if you want some light and easy viewing either in the cinema now or on Netflix down the line. It’s a fun, satisfying watch with plenty of laughs even if it is a little absurd at times. Although the trailer gives away a few too many moments and big laughs for my liking, why do you do this Hollywood? Why?!
Also shout out to the opening credits which features different game pieces (dice, Monopoly characters etc) that slowly tumble-down amongst the production company logos. I very much appreciate films that make watching film studio logos slightly more interesting than a minute of silence as we are forced to watch companies pat themselves on the pack. There are also a number of very cool transition shots throughout the movie that make the neighbourhoods and surrounding areas look like board games as well. It’s completely irrelevant to the comedy, but I thought it was cool.