Film Review: "Game Night" is a pretty fun game
Originally published 2/23/18 in Spanish on La Jornada Latina.
What is the worst that can happen when you try a new game? For the characters of "Game Night" it was the worst case.
What should have been a fun evening of murder-mystery turned into a night of murder and mystery for them, however, a very pleasant experience for us, the public.
Watching "Game Night" reminded me of David Fincher's thriller "The Game", in which the game that the main character participates in becomes a dangerous one.
Unlike the Fincher film, where we were concerned about the character of Michael Douglas, with "Game Night" we laughed at the shenanigans of the characters because we are almost sure that all will end well.
In "Game Night" we meet Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) who met in a night of trivia in a bar. We immediately know that these two are made for each other; both like all kinds of games and both are competitive. Eventually they get married, but they continue their weekly game nights with their friends, whether it's trivia or classic games like Monopoly.
Max and Annie are also trying to conceive, but due to stress from Max, they are unable to, especially now that their much more successful and charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), is visiting.
On the night of Brooks’ visit, Brooks proposes a much better and bigger game night at his [much larger] home on the following week, where the winners will take the keys --and the car that comes with it, Ryan-- to his Corvette Stingray. However, because Brooks is mixed with the wrong people, this group of players will mix in a wrong game.
The rest of the cast in "Game Night" is also very fun.
We meet Ryan (Billy Magnussen), who on each game night brings a new and attractive lady who is just as clueless as he is. On this game night Ryan brings Sarah (Sharon Horgan), who is completely the opposite from the other ladies Ryan has brought to game nights.
In their group of friends, we also meet Michelle and Kevin (Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris), who were high school sweethearts, got married at a very young age and are still going strong ... well, until we found out that not everything has been faithfully so.
At the beginning of the film we also meet Max & Annie's neighbor, Gary (Jesse Plemmons), a policeman and former player of the group's game nights; after his wife left him Max and Annie have not invited Gary. He is a spectacularly spooky character and one that Annie and Max are trying to avoid at all costs. Luckily for Gary, though, they will need his help to end this dangerous night.
The movie is quite entertaining, but in terms of laugh-out-loud scenes, in addition to what the trailers show, there was really nothing much more fun. Two scenes that the trailers show (one where Annie shoots Max thinking it was a fake gun and later Annie tries to get the bullet out, and the scene where Max is bleeding in a room and Gary's white dog gets covered in blood) were the best. Other than that, the rest of the scenes were quite funny, but not particularly memorable.
The landscape shots fascinated me. The way that they were edited was great, making them seemed like the landscapes were, for example, pieces of the game The Game of Life.
The chemistry between the cast is perfect, especially between Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. Rachel McAdams was very likeable and, as always, Jason Bateman is a pleasure to see on-screen. They are that funny couple with whom you want to get together every week and be part of a fun afternoon with friends.
"Game Night" brings us a lot of laughter and a lot of twists and turns and although it may not be one of those movies that you will run to see again immediately, the first round of this game is fun, which I’m certain we’ll be able to enjoy later once again.
"Game Night" stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It opens on February 23, 2018.