Game Night (2018) – Review

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) regularly host game nights, much to the enjoyment of themselves and their loyal group of friends, but when Max’s brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), guest hosts one evening, things become a little more complicated and the group find themselves caught up in a real-life mystery after Brooks is kidnapped. A well-received comedy flick released in 2018 and now finding itself streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Writers: Mark Perez
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

It’s not too often that a fast-paced, exciting and unpredictable movie comes along – especially not ones in the comedy mould anyway. Game Night seemed to me like it managed to cram elements of various different genres into its one-hundred-minute runtime and managed to do that pretty impressively too. At times there was comedy and drama thrust upon us, while at other times there was action, crime and even a splash of romance. Game Night definitely stands up as one of the better comedy releases of the last few years, that’s for sure.

One thing that stood out for me was the humour itself. In many comedies today, filmmakers will often go down the route of crass, rude, senseless and at times sexist or racial based humour, but Game Night seemed to be different and presented to the viewer, a really interesting and unique story combined with some genuinely light-hearted, laugh out loud moments too.

In terms of the cast, this was definitely one of the more impressive aspects of the flick. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams lead the way, portraying Max and Annie, the loving yet competitive couple that were accustomed to hosting game night – while Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris and Kylie Banbury were also given huge shoes to fill.

A lot of people however, have come to the conclusion that Jesse Plemons managed to steal the show playing Gary – a devoted, yet rather strange cop that did everything in his power to fit in with his neighbours. This is something I’d tend to agree with. He seemed to be the one spearheading a majority of the more memorable scenes along with providing one or two hearty laughs along the way. Elsewhere, there was an even an appearance late on from Michael C. Hall, who starred as a pretty convincing Bulgarian villain.

Overall, Game Night definitely stands out as being one of the more enjoyable and easier to watch comedies of the last few years and it’s one that I’d recommend to anyone hoping for a light-hearted movie one evening.

“Who cares about winning? Let’s get drunk!”

Max – Game Night

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