By Joe Durante
On Feb. 23, Warner Bros. Pictures had released one of the most surprisingly-good movies I have seen in a while and also the surprise R-Rated success of 2018.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are playing for their lives in the movie “Game Night” which is a film about an average night of games and fun that quickly turned into something else.
“Game Night” is the story of characters Max and Annie who have a weekly game night every Friday Night with their close friends.
This time, game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, completed with fake thugs and federal agents. Max’s brother Brooks ends up getting kidnapped and it’s all supposed to be part of the game. Or is it?
As the Max and Annie and their friends set out to solve the case, they quickly start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be, and what was supposed to be an average night of fun and games is then turned into something crazy and drastic.
The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
The main question is why, is are all of these crazy things happening to these average friends who will become our heroes in the end? It might be because Max is not who he says he is.
It turns out he is a criminal who got himself into some trouble with the mob and was caught off guard when he decides to host game night at his house. Now it’s up to Jason Bateman and his friends to get what the bad guys need in order to save Brooks.
What could have been nothing but a cheap and ridiculous movie was actually turned into a fun and enjoyable time at the movies. What a major surprise for it’s audience and also for Rotten Tomatoes who gave “Game Night” a score of 83%.
Bateman and McAdams have perfect chemistry and this movie turns into both a comedy and action movie that actually keeps you at the edge of your seat. This is Jason Bateman at his best since “Horrible Bosses” and “Arrested Development,” but the real person who steals the show is Kyle Chandler as Brooks.
Another element that this film has is a continuation of so many twists and turns and it will keep you guessing if the whole thing is actually real or if everything is all game. The filmmaking and the cinematography is also good and it’s the best filmmaking I have seen in an R Rated comedy.
Four Stars for “Game Night.” It’s a game night to remember that everyone should attend.