Title: Game Night Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 40m
“Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples Game Night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle 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.”
1:53 - You can’t fall in love over Tinky Winky. Weird. 7:31 - This is why you shouldn’t talk to your neighbours. 10:59 - “You gotta stop reading Buzzfeed every second of the damned day.” 16:19 - Who wrote all the things though? Someone must know what was written. 20:30 - Recognise that house from another film I think. 20:55 - Sharon!! 22:10 - “Just the keys?” ADORABLE. 30:19 - These people are all so devious. Just play the game. 34:44 - Yea, kids do suck. 40:00 - “We don’t want the fun, we just want to win.” 45:04 - Loving the instinct just to shout blooood. 50:51 - The squeaky toy is hilarious. 59:33 - Oh man, it’s all so bad! 1:02:58 - I genuinely can’t imagine anything worse than real life fight club. 1:07:31 - “Oh, you’re doing a metaphor.” 1:11:38 - “Damn, glass tables are acting weird today.” 1:21:21 - Now I’m laughing at things that aren’t funny, damn film! 1:26:03 - Charades to save the day! 1:26:28 - “Well, I don’t want you to have it Calamity Jane.”
I really enjoyed this film, laughed almost constantly from start to finish. It’s kind of your standard comedy, but what I liked about it was that it was a unique idea, it felt fresh and original rather than the derivative comedies we have come to know more recently. I also liked that, whilst not all the jokes were high quality, they didn’t have to sink to the level of constant (and boring) d**k jokes.
Instead, it was a hugely funny ride, with an interesting story, a great cast, a cameo here and there, lots of surprises, and a satisfying ending.