Ep. 62 – Game Night

My rating: 5/10. A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Horrible Bosses was a pretty funny movie and it had some originality to it which kept the viewer on his toes. The same people made this film and it’s a fun night out at the movies but not what it could have been or at least, what I expected from the marketing.

Game Night (2018)
R | 1h 40min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 23 February 2018 (USA)

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Writer: Mark Perez
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

John Francis Daley was a co-director. You may know him from the cult hit show “Freaks and Geeks.” Alongside Daley is co-director Jonathan Goldstein who is known as writer of “Horrible Bosses.” I’m not sure the writing was aligned with the vision here. The Direction os good and in many places the writing does work. unfortunately it’s too unbelievable at times.he

Speaking of the neighbor cop Gary, played by Jess Plemons, this character is the relief for all the suffering you may encounter watching the film. He is quick witted and he has great lines written for him. He’s a young cop whose wife has left him. s a result he has no friends and is always trying to pout his way into Game Night. When Jason Bateman has a use for him police computer, they trick him into having date night at his house. The story works in a small way but fails on so many levels with me.

I think the title was cashing in on the gimmick of “Date Night” which was a funny movie with a well crafted plot. In this we have a “Game Night” that goes awry in a similar way that Steve Carell and Tina Fey experience. The big difference is that it’s now Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and the plot is disconnected at best, illogical at worst. “Date Night” is a much better film. I recommend seeing it. The writing it more gritty and the comedy keeps you wanting more. It is also a story of suburban people getting caught on the dark side of the city. The results are truly hilarious and the more is believable.

There’s a needy divorcee next door, a smuggler brother, a really mismatched couple, and a black couple. I’m sorry to say none of these characters are very developed. In the same breath, I will say that this is a pretty good option if you want a background movie that doesn’t require much thought. The only thought I had was “Why did I come here and when will this be over.” I know a lot of you will like it so I’m holding. You won’t miss anything in my opinion if you miss this film. I give it a 5/10

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Author: Damien Riley

I'm an old school blogger and I've been getting more into podcasting my movie reviews!

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