Game Night: a review

I watched Game Night again last night. The first time was at the theatre with my daughters and we enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to watching it again with my husband and friends. So last night, despite knowing what was going on I was still laughing it up with friends and feeling the suspenseful tension of a superb film.

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are an ultra competitive married couple who host a monthly game night party for a group of friends. When Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes back to town, sibling rivalry rears its head. Brooks can’t help trying to hijack game night and putting his spin on it. No charades or board games, he hires a murder mystery company and chaos ensues. What is staged? What is real? And what is up with the creepy neighbour (Jesse Plemons)? I usually embed a trailer in my movie reviews but I just couldn’t this time. The trailer simply spoils many of the best gags and moments of suspense. I am afraid to say more about the plot because part of the fun is watching it unfold.

Game Night is a wonderfully crafted suspenseful comedy.  Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Kyle Chandler are so charming and hilarious. Jason Bateman is doing what he does so well and has become his signature, the put upon every man surrounded by a bunch of wacky friends. Rachel McAdams needs to do more comedies, she is so fun to watch. This movie is packed with jokes (funny lines and visual gags) while it has you trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I am glad I watched it again, catching things I missed due to raucous laughter in the theatre the first time around.

So if you want to see a clever film that has you laughing out loud from start to finish while you try to follow all the twists then I highly recommend Game Night.

 

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