GAME NIGHT

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Game Night is a 2018 dark comedy movie directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It centers on the lives of a close group of gleeful friends with Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) at the pinnacle of all the excitement they delve into. The status quo is eventually disrupted when they find themselves in hot soup as one of their illustrious game nights unexpectedly turns into a murder mystery saga which they have to solve since there is a lot riding on it.

Straight off the bat, you the viewer will get to see how serious this film is in staying true to what it’s about and the intro says it all; I loved it. As a viewer, you want to be pulled into a film from minute one and I give Director Daley a resounding standing ovation for that. Another thing to laud the director for is the casting choices; they blow the roof off this film. However, with the exception of Jason Bateman, I have to admit I was a bit disbelieving of whether the rest of the cast could pull off such a genre to the best of their abilities; I’m glad I was proven wrong. I, for one, am in awe of Bateman; he is phenomenal in this film as Max. I got more laughs from him than any other actor and I expected nothing less of that coming into this film. Rachel McAdams plays Max’s wife; her character has a wild and outspoken personality which breathes more life into the game night activities they have with their pals in Sarah (Sharon Horgan), Ryan (Bill Magnussen), Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle, played by Kylie Bunbury who you might know vividly from the flop TV series Twisted and the exceptional 2016 film, Pitch.

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Nonetheless, there is a pair of flaws in this film that I could easily nitpick. First off, some comedic moments seemed, in many ways, rushed and/or inappropriate. Despite the fact that John Daley did not go the rated-r comedy route with this film like Baywatch had the unforgiving guts to do, some scenes involving comic drama in Game Night didn’t quite fit in with the tone. Additionally, this motion-picture doesn’t do Danny Huston any justice. The actor plays a criminal business mogul by the name Donald Anderton and he only gets to be in one scene; a factor I consider extremely diabolical given his noteworthy performance in last year’s blockbuster in Wonder Woman.

In a nutshell, I have compelling reasons believe that Game Night is a movie worth one and a half hours of your cinematic experience. The editing is done well; more so during the action scenes involving the seven leading cast members. The production design is not particularly an unsung hero here as most of the film is shot in enclosed surroundings. The cinematography is awesome; that’s all there is to it. Finally, you can’t be oblivious to the fact that the writing for this movie is superb; Mark Perez, the one in charge of the latter did very well with the genuine and laughable comedy. This film doesn’t spit on the face of its predecessors like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Trixie as far as the genre is concerned.

GRADING; B

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