GAME NIGHT: Now This Is Fun
I saw Game Night this past week and maybe it’s that comedies haven’t been that funny in recent years or maybe I honestly haven’t seen a comedy in a while, but for whatever the reason, it has been a long time since I laughed an entire way through a movie. The humor in Game Night is witty and unexpected. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, as an overly competitive husband and wife who unknowingly get into a world of trouble when Bateman’s brother hosts a game night that goes awry, work surprisingly well as a couple. The way they play off each other is comedy gold. McAdams steals the show, though. She may have not put on her funny pants since Mean Girls or Wedding Crashers, but she had no problem fitting right back into them for this role. Even the secondary characters handle their comedic roles with ease. Billy Magnussen and Lamorne Morris, as friends who are also engrossed in the game night’s craziness, have wonderful, small hysterical moments that make the movie great.
After we get a brief sum up of Bateman and McAdams characters relationship, the next scene in the present is a bag of awkward, clever hilarity, where their bizarre neighbor (another stellar performance in the film by Jesse Plemons) is inquiring into their game night. The laughs consistently continue as the movie ensues. There isn’t a moment where I thought something wasn’t so funny. The only time I didn’t laugh during the film is when the film purposefully didn’t want me to laugh. This brings up an interesting piece of originality Game Night has to it as a comedy, too. At times you hear this eerie, suspenseful music and a shot will feel like it has been taken out of a thriller/horror movie, but somehow it feels right. You have that moment of dread and once the characters evade that sticky situation, relief floods you and it makes the coming laugh that much bigger.
Game Night doesn’t rely only on its comedy either. Don’t mistake this for me saying it’s anything other than a comedy, but there are a slew of twists and turns, and great action sequences that make you find yourself almost wishing you were a part of this wild game night too. Is there one stereotypical relationship storyline I hate? Do they perhaps take it too far towards the end? Most definitely, but because the rest of it is so solid and so funny, it doesn’t bother me.
If you’ve been watching too many dark, intense movies lately that have been bumming you out, go see Game Night. Sure, certain scenes may feel over the top or that they took it a twist too far, but that absolutely does not take away from it being plain fun and funny. That’s the real reason we see comedies, right? To laugh? To feel good? So go laugh, enjoy not debating the meaning of life after the movie’s over. Trust me, it’ll be a breath of fresh air.