Game Night starts with a great bit of quick-cut characterisation that introduces Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) as an ultra-competitive husband and wife team. Predictably, they host games nights with other couples, and appear to generally beat them pretty mercilessly.
When Max's brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up promising the ultimate games night, things start to get interesting. The line between fantasy and reality blurs, and the friends start to discover how resourceful they really are.
There were certainly a few laughs, and the script was also loaded with film references, which is a pretty fail-safe way to raise a smile. The audience I saw this with certainly appreciated it. It’s also a pretty sly way of making the characters more believable as ordinary characters drawn into pretty unbelievable events.
Game Night takes what should be a pretty nerdy experience and throws it into the realms of improvised fighting and weaponry. Admittedly, it's not like the action in Taken, but it's not meant to be. It is rare that a comedy doesn't take itself too seriously, but Game Night does exactly that. It's also refreshing that it's not filled with toilet humour, sex jokes or gross-out gags. There were also a few nice touches - like the zooming in on new locations as if they were on a board, but the characters felt well-developed and not at all like watching pawns in a game.
In cinemas tomorrow.
CONCLUSION: Games night just got fun!
Overall rating: Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch.
Check it out on IMDB here!
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