When I was younger, I loved comedies. I had a very dry sense of humour, and as most of these comedies did too, we were a good match. However, once I got older, these films started to become less interesting to me. Most rely on slapstick comedy or sex jokes. While I can appreciate it in small amounts, it appears like the majority of comedies are filled with them. Which is why I haven’t really watched a comedy in quite a while. The last one I can remember was Why Him? and I wasn’t particularly impressed by that one. Yet when I saw the trailer for Game Night, I was intrigued. It looked funny enough. The concept seemed original. It also received quite a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Basically, it had all the ingredients to trigger my interest. So I watched the film, but was it any good?
Rotten Tomatoes says the following:
Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game–right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game–nor Brooks–are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had… or game over.
A Black Comedy
Game Night is a strong film in the sense that it mixes thriller with comedy and does so successfully. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you interested throughout. It also has a decent amount of jumpscares that naturally only scared yours truly. It kind of reminded me of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in a way, which is a positive thing as that is one of my favourite films. The film is filled with dark humour, which make way for the most hilarious moments of the film.
Game Night is not necessarily a film that will have you laughing throughout its entire runtime. Some moments which are intended to be funny do not resonate with the audience, or at least not the time I went. Other moments are hilarious enough to have you laugh out loud. Mostly though, the jokes will have you chuckle. The performances are also convincing enough to entertain you throughout.
The thing that elevates the film to great heights is the cast. It is obvious that they all thoroughly enjoy acting out these scenes, which makes it even more entertaining to watch the antics on screen. Lamorne Morris is a comedic actor, known mostly for his role as Winston in New Girl, but most of these actors are not strictly comedy actors. I especially enjoyed watching Rachel McAdams in her role. She is known as Regina George, which also required a great deal of comedic timing. But this film truly shows off her talents. Jesse Plemons was also very convincing as the creepy neighbour Gary. Basically, the entire cast was perfect. While the film’s jokes did not always hit the mark, I never got bored watching it because of the actors.
Game Night is a film that will definitely entertain you if you love comedy and mystery. Don’t expect to roll over the floor laughing every single minute, but just jump on for the ride. You will not be disappointed.