Game Night Review
Game Night is the comedy that audiences have been waiting for. It boasts a nostalgic and unique premise that blends a cast that works perfectly together and creates funny and dynamic moments as well as inventive camera work and lively settings.
Game Night follows a group of gaming enthusiasts (Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen) who meet weekly to take part in classic board and trivia games to see who is the best. But when one of player’s brother (Kyle Chandler) invites them to play a new game that has a luxurious reward for the one that wins, everyone is eager to win. However, the game suddenly has higher stakes when one of them is kidnapped by criminal organization leading to a wild and outlandish adventure.
The strongest element of the film is without a doubt the clever and hilarious cast. The performances mesh perfectly together leading to some great dynamics and naturally funny moments. While Bateman and McAdams have the chops to carry any film on their own, it’s not really needed here as everyone finds their moment in the spotlight and is able to keep it on them.
With no weak player in this game, audiences will find themselves debating and struggling to find a character that they don’t like. Even characters that are not part of the main group that the film follows, will capture viewers’ attention and make them interested in what is going on.
Game Night also blends styles and elements from various genres. It has thrilling action and chase sequences for adrenaline junkies, fun and comedic moments that will keep audiences laughing way after the punchline, and even suspense and chilling moments for movie-goers that want to be scared. It’s a film that is actually for everyone.
The director and set designers also buy into the ideas of board games and use this to create great dialogue and interesting set pieces that are eye-catching. Each transition is showcased through an actual game board with toy cars and game pieces acting in real-time to set up the next big moment. With this in mind, Game Night’s plot carries a couple plot twists that will not only give viewers great memories of some twists and turns in their favorite games, but will make them want to see it again.
Both hilarious and fresh, Game Night is without a doubt a fun and creative movie that everyone will surely love. While still pretty early to say, Game Night will probably be not only one of the best comedies of the year, but also one of audiences’ favorite movies of the year.