Jason Bateman plays Max and Rachel McAdams plays Annie, a couple who met and flirted over games like charades and hangman over bars. They are living just alright with their neighbour, police officer Gary staring at them by his porch and mailbox like he's trying to aim his laser eyes, one of the reasons why they don't invite him to their game night with four other friends, Ryan, Kevin, Sarah and Michelle. Then one night Max's perfect-werfect brother Brooks, played by Kyle Chandler, in a zazzy but tight Corvette Stingray. And he domineers the game night, winning the games like he foretold the answers whereas Max can't seem to get his friends to get a spot-on reference to Edward Norton. Then some strange masked people break into the house and kidnap Brooks but his friends stay put. After all, Brooks promised a game night they would never forget. Well, it's not as much of a game as they anticipated.
Something I wish I had more time to do was hang out and play with my friends. And this brand new comedy is quite the light thrill ride, sort of like Rough Night starring Scarlett Johannsson, which I also gave a B to. It’s a film with enough jokes to beg a second viewing, as well as enough eccentricity to make you want to put something elaborate together yourself. There are some twist ups that try to confuse you so much that they don’t make sense, and the fact Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play a dancing videogame on their wedding wasn’t realistic to me. There’s also an argument that goes on too long. But after exhausting myself with Phantom Thread I had a lot of fun with this film.
My favourite scene was an intricate chase sequence meets Hot Potato that I want to rematch every time I think about it. I'm a sucker for long drawn-out sequences that do only one take. It shows how much effort it took to impress or entertain you it would be cruel not to give in. Is there a running gag between Kevin and Michelle a bit overdone as the climax comes to a rush? Yes, I'd say that's one of the movie's biggest flaws, as well as not really a desire to have an ending the most coherent. What I mean is that the movie's attempts to confuse you end up backfiring on the project if you look back carefully. But in a time where not many big movies are under 100 minutes, and not many include blood and make it as funny as this film, something lighthearted, forgettable and relatable enough is just that. Enough.
Game Night attempts to be a cure for senescence, and while the medicine may go down a bit funny, it's still a cure, and a well-made cure. When the gunshots run rampant, when a character is bleeding, everything looks grounded in reality. It's a slightly problematic comedy with a relatable herb, a herb which has given it a very VERY positive reaction in comparison to the directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein's last creation, the 2015 Vacation.