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Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party -- complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem 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.
|Crew :||John Francis Daley / Jonathan M. Goldstein /|
|Cast :||Rachel McAdams Jason Bateman Kyle Chandler Jesse Plemons Billy Magnussen|
|Genre :||Comedy Crime Mystery Thriller|
Filled with Laughs and Action, It Will Please a Wide Audience---Sparks fly in the movie's opening scene. We're introduced to Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), the obsessively competitive captains of their respective teams at a bar trivia night. The movie pokes a bit of fun at classic "love at first sight" moments with separate shots of the two staring lovingly at each other. They connect instantly and are soon married. This scene paired with the opening credit sequence and reveal of the title, Game Night, is the equivalent of the directors throwing open the doors to boldly and loudly announce their presence. They grab the audience's attention and fill them with promise about what is to come. It's the most auspicious start to a comedy since The Hangover. The statement is made-these guys are here to take chances in their aesthetic directing choices, so get ready for a ride full of rises and drops and twists and turns. After the title reveal, the movie jumps ahead in time. Max and Annie are hosting game night. It starts off like any other, until Max's brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up. He obnoxiously announces his presence and subsequently humiliates Max in front of his friends, just as he has since they were kids. Before the night ends, Brooks promises to host next week and take game night to the next level with a mystery, of sorts. The next week's game night starts off tame, as Brooks explains that someone is going to be taken. It'll be up the rest of the group to find this person, and the first to do so wins Brooks's new car. So, of course, no one bats an eye when two men storm in with guns and forcibly take Brooks away. But it doesn't take the other game night guests long to realize that this was not part of the plan. From there, the night's events ensue in hilarity and surprises. Jesse Plemmons makes an appearance as the odd, uninvited neighbor and immediately steals the movie. His awkward, monotone, always-in-uniform police officer schtick deserves real acclaim. That guy has serious talent. Who knew that the bully from Like Mike would turn out to be such an accomplished actor? Plemmons also delivers the movie's best line. I won't spoil it, but it involves Tostitos. Overall, the performances are fun, though eclectic, which is fine because the story is set up in a way that this one couple can go here and do this funny thing while this other couple goes here and has their own funny moment. They're each bringing their own variation of humor, which gives the comedy a broader appeal. The directors are clearly having a good time balancing the array of characters within a convoluted plot. They make daring choices that stand out. The choices don't always work, but they always catch your eye, which is enough in a movie like this. The filmmakers clearly wanted to add a little extra spice to keep the viewers on their toes (or more accurately, hunched forward, since they are sitting down). I don't want to resort to hyperbole here, but the movie nearly reaches the point threshold of thrilling. There's the right amount of story to juggle. Anymore would be overwhelming and too much less would make the movie dry.I'm still not sure if the entire story checks out. A few moments felt like plot holes, but I can forgive minor infractions. The end of the movie felt kind of like two kids had cleaned up just enough after their party so that mom and dad wouldn't notice. They might be suspicious, but they can't immediately say with absolute certainty that something was wrong. I, the suspicious parent, saw the house still intact, shrugged and left well enough alone.The recommendation here is pretty easy. People like this movie. I recommend it to virtually anyone looking for a fun time at the theater.
Game Night, much to my surprise, is the best American pure comedy since 'Bridesmaids'.---I say "pure" just because 'The Nice Guys' was funnier but that was a cacophony of genres. Honestly though, I wasn't expecting to like this at all! Guys...I actually nearly cried with laughter at one point. What's happened to me!? A competitive couple invite their friends over for a game night where Max's more successful brother decides to host his own game night that will be "one to remember". An interactive role-playing mystery game quickly stumbles into the surreal where actually the whole scenario could be real. Think of this as a comedic version of David Fincher's 'The Game'. A rather fresh premise that seamlessly blends thrills with consistent laugh out loud moments. And boy did I laugh! An end result consisting of dark humour, the occasional unexpected twist and more film references than iMDB itself. There was a scene where I thought to myself "wow, this is like the scene from Taken 3" and I kid you not they actually say "like Liam Neeson from Taken 3?". Never felt so satisfied in all my life. The acting is nothing special, aside from Rachel McAdams who surprised me with her dialogue execution, everyone else just performed their usual comedy-selves. Y'know, Jason Bateman doing the same old thing that he does. However, it's the sharp script that elevates this above the rest. Jokes about race, unfaithfulness and wealth managed to inject personality to these characters. Adding the visual humour, like haphazardly removing a bullet from an arm and removing a blood stain from a white dog, was the Yahtzee moment so to speak. Like a game of Cluedo, the plot leaves you guessing as you try to figure out if everything is staged or not which adds to the fun of this flick. And that's exactly what Game Night is, fun. I would've liked the role-playing game to be progressed further and the third act does lose momentum with a few jokes not landing entirely. Yet, this film has taught me a valuable lesson. Roll the dice and give every film a chance, you might strike lucky and win the jackpot.
Don't sleep on this film!!!---This one slipped through the cracks because Black Panther has been (rightfully) sweeping the nation but MAN... this was a surprisingly good film. It was funny and thrilling all at the same time with lots of twists and turns; the cast chemistry was great as well. Also, the scene transitions were amazing, and I love the way they shot the action sequences. It's easily an 8/10 for me.
Fun, and that's what matters!---Game Night - A lot of fun and entertaining throughout! Not a radical new idea or something that will be remembered for decades, but a fast paced, legitimately funny comedy that knows what it wants to be and mostly succeeds. The fact that I have had a crush on Rachel McAdams since "Wedding Crashers" didn't hurt either!
Game on !---From the writers of "Spider-man Homecoming" and "Horrible Bosses" comes "Game Night". An engaging and surprisingly warm comedy that is a lot of fun whilst it's on, if not one that lives long in the memory. The film revolves around Max and Annie, played by Jason Bateman and Rachael McAdams. They run a friendly but competitive games night each week, with their friends. One week, Max's older more successful brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to town and hosts a murder mystery night. Unfortunately, his night goes awry as Brooks is genuinely kidnapped. Unaware that they aren't playing the game, Max and Annie and their friends start to investigate and uncover more than they could possibly imagine. Comedy is always a subjective thing, but I have to say that I laughed a lot whilst watching "Game Night". There are a few cruder jokes but mostly its remarkably smart and witty stuff. The couples feel genuine and the relationships real. Also unusually, a lot of the best work isn't in the trailer. . the broader and the visual stuff is, but much of the characterisation and funnier dialogue was kept away. Admittedly, it goes from the memory fairly quickly once the lights come back up, and I doubt it will stand up to too many repeat viewings, but certainly worth seeking out - though perhaps at home, rather than at the cinema.