A Disastrous Night for Bateman - a Blast for Everyone Else!
Jason Bateman (the Horrible Bosses films, Arrested Development, Ozark) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight, Dr. Strange) team up in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Game Night.
Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, 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, it’s game over.
Also starring are Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies, American Crime Story), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, TV’s Fargo), Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), with Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) and Kyle Chandler (Manchester by the Sea, Bloodline).
Game Night was directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, marking their second film as co-directors, following the comedy Vacation.
The film was written by Mark Perez (Accepted), and produced by John Davis (Joy), Jason Bateman, John Fox (The Blacklist), and James Garavente (Bad Words). Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Dave Neustadter, and Marc S. Fischer served as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Barry Peterson (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), Oscar-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13), editors Jamie Gross (Vacation), Gregory Plotkin (Get Out) and David Egan (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return), and costume designer Debra McGuire (Vacation, Ted). The music was composed by Cliff Martinez (The Foreigner, War Dogs).
The laughs start early in this wonderfully dark comedy. With lots of jokes mixed with a few over the top moments of insanity and some good honest slapstick, we're given a real treat of a dark comedy wit Game Night. Instead of their usual weekly game night, Annie (Rachel McAdams) and Max (Jason Bateman) decide to go along with Max's brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), and his plan to host a murder mystery at his home instead. But when Brooks is violently kidnapped in the living room, they begin to wonder what's real and what's fake..
The night continues to go horribly wrong for Bateman and McAdams, who perhaps form a bit of an odd couple but they sell it well as they try and solve the kidnapping mystery. The laughs come from all sides, with lots of great characters coming along for the ride and yet another really great (if creepy) performance by Breaking Bad / Black Mirror star Jesse Plemons.
This is definitely a movie to go see if you have the opportunity. I haven't laughed this hard in a movie theater for a long time.
The Bottom Line
Definitely a go see. Best comedy since 'We're the Millers'.