Game Night is a solid Hollywood comedy that features a roster of great acting talent with a wealth of great comedic material. It's a good movie, good enough for you to wish it was more high-minded & not just clever. Still, I give it points for being basically being a parody of the Fincher movie The Game & being a better movie than it. Sometimes the parodies are better than the originals.
At a time that audiences are focused on films with a social message, along comes the best studio comedy since The Hangover. Game Night is one of those rare high-concept films that actually fulfills the promise of the premise. From the uber-talented cast and dynamic directing, to the twisty plot and awesome score by Cliff Martinez, the film both pays homage to classics of the genre, and rewards the viewer's wits.
Not since "The Hangover" kicked off the 2009 summer movie season with a bang has there been such a riotously funny, original mainstream comedy. "Game Night" combines well-written situational comedy and a terrific ensemble, where all individuals have multiple moments to shine, that gives the film endless life and energy. Also, Rachel McAdams is a gem; I could listen to her exclaim "oh no, he died!" forever.
Full of surprisingly nifty thematic touches -- shooting aerial exteriors like a monopoly board, for example -- while being consistently clever, charming, and a lot of fun. One of the best mainstream comedies I've seen in years.
The central flaw: resolution depends on Bateman coming to his senses aka this movie is ultimately about his character's self-discovery. BORING! Otherwise excellent. Legit laughs throughout. Smart for real. No bullshit tedious subplots, no light speed tonal shift into "this is the part of the movie with no more jokes" territory, and the cornball normie message kind of... works? Oh my. Crisp filmmaking to boot.
Like if David Fincher's The Game was a rollicking, laugh-a-minute farce. Probably the funniest original comedy I've seen in years. Cleverly plotted, visually smart, and the performances are all superb. Rachel McAdams is excellent and Billy Magnussen is a star - he needs to be used more! Such a breath of fresh air for studio comedies. Make more of this, Hollywood!
GAME NIGHT is funny, crazy, exciting, and highly entertaining. Supported by charming performance from Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. The jokes never failed me. Director John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein knew how to entertain their audiences. I wish this movie had a longer runtime. Everything went so fast. Also, don't forget Jesse Plemons' comical performance. GAME NIGHT is one of the best comedy of the year!