Movie Review: Game Night (2018)

gamePro Life Tip: Always invite the creepy neighbour to your super fun, and only sometimes real life kidnapping, game night.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Directors: 
John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Synopsis: A group of friends meet regularly for a game night hosted by competitive couple Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams). When Max’s rich, successful and rather overshadowing older brother comes back to town, he takes over game night at his place for a special Murder Mystery party. Things turn from fun to freaky when the game turns into a real-life kidnapping and Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) turns out to be a bit more than everyone originally thought.

Opinion: While not as funny as I hoped it would be, there are a scattering of hilarious scenes throughout that make up for it. And hands down the best scene involves a weird photo/memorabilia shrine and a dog….Jason Bateman really has the best comedic timing sometimes.
The movie itself does start of a little slow and there are some very cringe worthy scenes at times, but all around it’s a fun watch oh and it totally turns it a crazy action thriller at the end….what?! The cast all work well together, however, the one character that is a bit difficult to watch is Ryan (Billy Magnussen) who plays a total idiot. I’m not exaggerating about that at all ether, it’s silly and cringey and really hard to watch at times and honestly if it was toned down a bit, it would have been fine but it was just a level too much. Anyway, for a fun watch that doesn’t require much thinking then yeah Game Night works and for a bonus you can see Jesse Plemens play a super weird and slightly creepy neighbour who steals the scene every time.

Laugh Out Loud or Just a Giggle: A movie worthy of both but the loud laughs are much fewer than the slight giggles. As I mentioned before though, when it gets it right it gets it hilariously right.

Rating:

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