A group of friends who meet for game nights find themselves
stuck in a real murder mystery when a game goes horribly wrong.
Game Night (2018)
Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
Written by Mark Perez
Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler,
Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris,
Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall
Game Night was a delightful surprise. Comedy movies are the toughest when it comes to bringing something new to the table. What I loved most about Game Night was how I'd never seen anything like it before. It had a brilliant cast, a smart script, and was so self-aware that it made my head spin. When the trailer debuted a month ago, I didn't think much of it. But when the reviews came out and were not just positive, but mostly positive, I knew I had to see it for myself. I'm so glad I did. Game Night is downright hilarious and easily worth your time.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, a couple who met at a pub quiz and fell in love because of their love of competition. They host game nights for their friends all the time, and when Max's successful older brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up and tries to pull off a fully interactive murder mystery, things take a turn. Real kidnappers show up during the game and take Brooks, leaving the rest of the group to find him, only they think it's part of the game. The constant bickering and flawless chemistry among the group make for a great ride, especially Jesse Plemons as the creepy loner cop neighbor, Gary.
The more the film progresses, the crazier it gets. At one point, they're facing real gangsters, then crashing into a moving plane. The stakes get higher and the comedy just keeps coming. I'm very glad I went to see Game Night. It was easily the best comedy of the year so far, and I highly recommend it.