Game Night (2018)

3/19/2018

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Game Night was super fun!

I almost have no criticisms because it was such a good time watching the film in theaters, laughing with strangers, even on a Monday night after work.

Let me start off by saying it doesn’t need a sequel. I repeat, this movie does not need a sequel! With that said, it looks like it’s setting up for a sequel, le sigh. Why do filmmakers (producers?) have to ruin a good thing by repeating itself? Like the Oscar Wilde quote, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” Oh well, I’ll probably watch the sequel if it happens.

You know who I enjoy? Jason Bateman. He’s a real treat for me to watch on screen because he has such an accurate reaction face. He functions like a real human being on screen. I may have seen the movie for him. Even though the trailer looked interesting, I wasn’t sold on it alone, I thought it was a little cheesy. The movie’s not cheesy at all. It’s great. I can easily see myself watching it again at home.

Fantastic chemistry between the characters. This was a believable group of friends. But, every group of TV friends has their stereotypes – here we have the couple, the self-centered asshole, and the idiot. The last two were too over the top for me. They really hit you on the head with the personas. It was funny at times, but other times I rolled my eyes like, we get it!

There are tons of pop culture references. It’ll probably date the movie, but I enjoyed knowing the references. Also, quite a few “movie logic” scenes – you know, when something happens in a movie that physics and/or general science disputes immediately.

Fun fact: I can’t remember any of the character’s names, lol. Huh.

Jeffrey Wright and Michael C. Hall pop up in the movie – great – but not great because it was a wasted use of both actors. The film could have just as easily cast two unknown performers to play the part.

The movie is clearly a comedy. There are moments when you think it’s grounded in real life, but nope, the next scene is probably something completely inappropriate and/or unbelievable. I don’t take points away here, I went in expecting outlandishness. Although I do remove points for the bad guys being cartoonishly bad. Like the case of Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner (meep meep). The movie also starts to fall apart for me toward the end. The twists and turns get more and more absurd and just a wee bit lazy

Anyway, watch this movie! It’s great for “Netflix and chill,” or to watch with friends, in the background during game night. It’s so fun!

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