I’m not really one for a cringe worthy comedy. Slapstick isn’t my thing and just makes me feel awkward. Most comedies leave me unamused and are immediately unforgettable.
Which is why Game Night certainly wins a prize for being the most surprising film I’ve seen in a while – it’s funny.
And when I say funny, I mean really, laugh-out-loud, struggle-to-catch your breath funny.
It’s a great story. Married couple Annie and Max – played by Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman – regularly host game night for their friends. Max’s annoyingly over-achieving brother Brooks comes to town and throws the murder-mystery party to end all parties – particularly when it turns out his own kidnapping is real. The couples must race against time to find and free Brooks.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This is a predictable plot and you’ve probably figured out the twist already – you haven’t. This is a slick and surprisingly believable offering from the duo that wrote Horrible Bosses. This time they’re directing as well as writing. Don’t worry, it’s better than Horrible Bosses, so much better. There are no ridiculous tricks and stunts here. We see three very ordinary couples find themselves in a quagmire of gangsters and drug dealers and panic accordingly.
There are some seriously slick scenes in this movie. Watch out for the keep-away game at the Eyes Wide Fight Club house. Also see Max and Annie dealing with the removal of a bullet, a scene that makes them utterly believable as a married couple.
I want to tell you more about this film. I want to tell you about the creepy next door neighbour and the Faberge egg. I want to tell you about Annie’s Pulp fiction moment or the squeaky hamburger or even the world’s weirdest game of charades but I can’t without ruining the whole thing, and even then I wouldn’t do them the justice that the film does. Go for the giggles in this one.