I feel like this film has been a bit underappreciated and gone under the radar more than it should have been. It doesn’t feel as highly advertised as some films at the minute, and even though I really did enjoy this film, I liked the less advertisement. It made it feel like I wasn’t watching a film that was everywhere telling me to watch it, it had more mystery to it, it wasn’t widely talked about and I could enjoy a film I didn’t know everything about. This is a film of a real-life murder mystery. What is real, what is a game? You don’t know.
I absolutely loved the stardom of this film. Firstly, the two main protagonists, the brilliant Rachel McAdams as Annie, who is great in everything she does; and her husband, Max, the very comical Jason Bateman. These two, personally, carried a lot of the comedy and were brilliant as a pair together, they were truly great. But there is actually more to the story, the couples have their own backgrounds and own lives, this couple is trying to start a family. Then there’s the other couples of the game night. Billy Magnussen played Ryan, the stupid comment guy, but his hilarious quips constantly made the audience giggle. His partner, although not his partner per se, is Sharon Horgan who plays Sarah, she is also great. She gets wrapped up into the whole night, not actually knowing these people very well. Her sarcasm, her intelligence constantly confusing Ryan, and her dedication to a bunch of unknown competitive game night players, evolves her into a character to really like. Then there’s the married couple who have been dating since they were in middle school, married at eighteen, childhood sweethearts. ‘New Girl’s Winston, Lamorne Morris playing Kevin, I absolutely love ‘New Girl’ and I absolutely love Winston, and he’s fab in this too. His wife, Michelle, is played by Kylie Bunbury. Game night is distracted by this couple, as Kevin comes to realisation of his wife’s life during a drinking game of Never Have I Ever. Finally, the head of the game night. The one who kicks things up a notch to a murder mystery, Max’s brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler). The players are all brilliant and hilarious as they begin a game night not to be forgotten.
We cannot forget some of the stars that also rise throughout the film. A pregnant Gina from ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ appears, of course I love her. Also, Dexter of his own show, the show of the secret murderer killing criminals. But he looks extremely different, took a few seconds to realise it was him! I have to mention Gary (Jesse Plemons) the police officer, otherwise known as the creepy next-door neighbour. Hilarious though. He’s also the owner of the adorable dog in the trailer, the bloody dog, a hilarious scene. The characters and stars are really great in this film, all comical and enjoyable.
As I’ve already stated the film is hilarious. But there is actually more to this film than the comedy element. ‘Game Night’ also has a lot of action and there are many thrilling moments, some that made me jump and actually built up tension in the film. There’s action, comedy, and many moments that leaves the audience confused at what is real and what is not. There are fast car chases, gun fights, sibling rivalry, kidnappers and a criminal network real or fake. I would highly recommend this film, it has a lot of action and a lot of comedy, and the stars and their back stories are also great. Fall into this game night, one not to be forgotten.