|It's all fun and games until the blanks aren't really blanks.|
"Tonight, we take game night up a notch."
Game Night to be a refreshing comedy that would be perfect for movie loving couples. Although I'm currently single, I could totally see myself enjoying this with some future nearsighted yet lucky gal.
What caught my attention besides the consistently well written humor and dialogue, was the occasional use of tilt shift photography that made larger objects look like game pieces for a cool effect. Jason Bateman (Ozark) and Rachel McAdams (Doctor Strange) play that perfect couple that get along like best friends to an almost annoying degree.
What makes their relationship even better, is their choice of friends and the fact that they actually get something to do instead of being the stereotypical support system with little to say. Lamorne Morris (The New Girl), Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome), Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies), and Sharon Horgan (Adventure Time), all add to the many giggles that Game Night triggers. When it come to scene stealers though, Kyle Chandler and Jesse Plemons (both from Friday Night Lights the series) run away with that honor. Chandler is commanding and funny but Plemons, well he's a creepy package of uncertain hilarity that just keeps on giving.
I found myself anticipating his next appearance more than I was following the main plot. Danny Huston (30 Days of Night) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) are around for a blink as the film squanders their kind of acting talent. The many twists keep you guessing as to how it will all end, and thankfully it wasn't predictable even though it pretended to be until the very last minute. The occasional violence, gore, and sexual comments may be strong for some, but to them I would say that they've probably never been married. Game Night is the best comedy of the year so far. It's not genius or anything that strong, however it's better than most in its genre and I laughed the whole time. Stay after the end credits for a funny scene, and to all of you married guys, watch out for those fake Denzels out there. They be lurkin.
Rating- 6.5 out of 10
R | 1h 40min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 February 2018 (USA)
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery.
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Writer: Mark Perez
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler