Game Night – Review

Question for ten points: Do you have film fatigue?

I mean, I get it. Hollywood’s endless charade of producing  a countless amount of movies have made us truly exhausted. The rules of the game have changed and the industry is now dicey, with just so many out there. It’s hard to find what space to move your pieces to: The Oscar bait, the independents, the blockbusters? It’s Chance, it’s a Scrabble. It’s Life.

So in the middle of award season, this plucky comedy has played a deuce and come up trumps.

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Game Night revolves around a competitive couple, Max and Annie, who met over a pub quiz. Ever since, they’ve been the dream couple at titular night’s with friends and have accrued a weekly group in order to play some games. When Max’s brother Brooks comes to stay, the former struggles to control his jealousy. Especially as it seems that Brooks is doing better than ever and when he invites the group to his posh house to play an extreme version of Game Night, involving a murder mystery and a kidnapping, Max is exasperated. It’s all goes awry, however, when Brooks is really taken…

Game Night may, on the surface of it’s badly photo-shopped poster, seem like a terrible and forgettable movie, it is actually a riotous and amazing film. Brilliantly written, the humour comes fast, and it is surprisingly smart. Sure, there are a few slapstick moments and some really outrageous parts that’ll make your jaw drop, but  it’s sharp lines from Mark Perez’s script and tightly woven jokes are absolutely hysterical. John Francis Daley and Jonathon Goldstein make a terrific directing tag-team as well, producing one of the finer blockbuster comedies of recent years.

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I think a lot of the comedy lands because of the wonderful delivery by the actors. I mean, at this point, there is no denying Jason Bateman’s chops as the straight man in these films but his work her is perhaps some of his best. Rachel McAdams is not appreciated enough and it’s worth to seeing her absolutely cracking ballsy attitude here. Billy Magnussen, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris and

However, it’s really Jesse Plemons who steals the show as the drawling awkward cop who just wants to get back into the game night events after being ousted following a divorcee. His creepiness and surreal behaviour is so well done by Plemons that he is a riot but also you can’t help warm to him.

In the midst of the Oscar films, their slow dredge and emotive resonance that inevitably drags, it’s good to have a film to counteract that. I mean, it’s not one of those films to switch off too because the action and plot zooms from  mishap to mishap that if you were to snooze, you’d loose. What I mean is that it’s so fervently entertaining that you’ll be in for a treat.

It also has ousted 21 Jump Street for my favourite running gag…

Make the right move and go see Game Night! 

Game Night is out in cinemas 2nd March

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