GAME NIGHT – Rated R – 1 hr. 40 mins.
Director: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein
Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Sharon Horgan, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons and Michael C. Hall
Loving nothing more in this life than the thrill of a competitive GAME NIGHT…we meet Max (Jason Batemen) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), living for the thrill of the kill on that one night a week, when they annihilate their opponents…I mean friends…
Lucky for Max and Annie, their friends love game night as much as they do, including Ryan (Billy Magnussen), his new girlfriend Sarah (Sharon Horgan), and couple Kevin (Lamorne Davis) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), who reluctantly agree to move this week’s GAME NIGHT to Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) house. And it seems that Brooks has a new plan for the game night he’s hosting, as things are about to get a lot more intense, and exciting, than any of their game night’s before…
I give GAME NIGHT a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD: I was so excited to see this comedy/light drama from the first time I saw the trailer, as I loved this creative teams previous film, HORRIBLE BOSSES, and suffice to say, I wasn’t disappointed. And the best part of the storyline for me throughout this film, is all the slight and subtle movie and pop culture references that just seem to keep popping up, so pay attention, as you don’t want to miss any of them! As casting goes this time around… Bateman, as usual is perfectly cast in his role as the adorable, yet neurotic hubby & brother Max. But sadly, I wasn’t as sold with Rachel McAdams performance as his game loving, baby wanting wife. It’s probably because I compare all of her roles to my favorite role of hers, playing Allie in THE NOTEBOOK, and nothing she has done, has ever compared 🙂 Seeing Lamorne Morris get some big screen time, as opposed to just catching him on the small screen in NEW GIRL, was entertaining, but this role felt just like more of the same, as it was as if they just dropped Winston into this film. But I must share too, that the role of super creepy Gary (Jesse Plemons), keeps everything on edge, as Plemons definitely perfected his role as the psychotic next-door neighbor throughout every inch of this film. It’s been a while since a film has had me laughing one minute ~ and jumping out of my seat the next ~ but that is exactly what GAME NIGHT brings to the table, with a storyline that not only keeps you on your toes, but leaves you hoping that at some point you’ll figure out who is really controlling this particular GAME NIGHT…as even those participating, aren’t quite sure…
And don’t leave your seat before the last frame rolls, as you don’t want to miss the ending sequence of this film, which you will, if you leave before the credits are done rolling 🙂
This humble opinion is brought to you by T. K. Edwards
Director by: John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons
A group of friends’ game night is taken to another level after their host is kidnapped and they are forced to figure out what is real and what is fake.
BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS…CONTINUE READING AT OWN RISK
I really enjoyed Game Night. It had everything I was expecting and more. The comedy was hilarious and the story kept me entertained the whole time. There was even some subtle surprises for me that I was not expecting, like the camera angles they used during the car chase sequences and the single shot that seemed to be seamless during the movie’s “Faberge Egg” heist. They even made some of the wide shots look like games pieces or board games, until the camera zooms in and they turn into real life objects. It’s not very often you see that much creativity put into a comedy, but Game Night had them. But honestly, I think the biggest surprise Game Night had was all the small hidden references to random things like “movies” and “general knowledge” sprinkled throughout the film. When this movie comes out on blu-ray/dvd, you the viewer could literally host your own “game night” and actually use this movie as one of the games that night. That’s how many hidden references are in this film. Watch the movie closely and you’ll see the actors in the movie performing the questions for you right in front of your eyes. It may take you a couple of times watching the film to see them, but they’re there and the best part is, they give you the answers to them immediately afterwards. So, you can let the actors perform the question, then you pause the movie on your blu-ray/dvd player, ask your friends playing what the actors are doing, and then push play to see the answer. I don’t know if that’s what the directors were going for or what they intended, but BRAVO! Gentlemen. You delivered Unintentional Gold!!!
I’m dedicating the last bit of the review to the star of Game Night, Teen Wolf 2 himself…Jason Bateman. I am a fan of Jason Bateman. He is one of my favorite actors working today. The guy is fearless and his range has no bounds. One minute he’s playing an idiot commentator for Dodgeball (“I sure do like pumpkins Cotton”) and the next he’s a degenerative lawyer in Smokin Aces (one of the greatest roles ever!). Bateman even recently dipped his toe in the thriller/horror genre with the movie The Gift (hats off to you Joel Edgerton). He’s also directed and starred in one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen called Bad Words (“Help…it’s so heavy”…LMAO). And I can not talk enough about his latest Netflix show Ozark (I was hooked from the beginning). Basically, I will watch anything he does because Jason Bateman seems to always be at the top of his game in whatever he decides to do, which is clearly evident in his role in Game Night. His quick wit and comments to every situation in the movie are hilarious and the audience can’t get enough of him. I recommend you see this one in the theaters. Game Night is definitely worth your money and your time. Until next time, thanks for reading.
P.S. Stay after the credits finish. There’s another scene. You’re welcome.