Game Night DVD Review


Good Afternoon Lovelies,

Get the board games at the ready, because Game Night has landed on DVD and Blu-ray! Starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman, this comedy thriller, will leave you thinking about missing out on that next role-playing adventure with your friends.

Following Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams), the film captures the weekly game nights that the pair host with their friends. From Pictionary to Charades, they have hosted every event known to man including a marriage proposal and breakups. However, nothing prepares them for the game they end up playing when Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) returns and decides to host his own adventure night.

What unfolds is a murder mystery party that actually involves a real-life kidnapping, shooting and a police chase. All of which not included in the original game package. Working alongside their friends and regular game night competitors, they try to find out what on earth ADD has gotten himself into and what the game they are playing is really solving.

The film is very predictable in parts, with the starting discussions of having children and the end result way too easy to guess, it doesn’t stop you from enjoying it. In fact, while it is no masterpiece, there is a lot to it that makes it a fun idea for a comedy. A refreshing one if you will.

McAdams and Bateman reflect a couple that seems real. They bounce off each other in a way that will have you happy for them throughout. Even when an accidental shooting between their characters goes epically wrong. McAdams leads the way in the film with her character taking the reins when it comes to fighting back against those who are set out to harm them. Whilst Bateman’s bleeding out figure creates the laughs.

However, whilst the pair are great, they are often overpowered by those working alongside them. Kevin’s (Lamorne Morris) running storyline about a night his wife Michelle (Kylie Bunbury) had with Denzel Washington brings a smile to faces at every mention. Ryan’s (Billy Magnussen) never-ending list of women being brought down by Sarah (Sharon Horgan), as they find a bond has you rooting for the pair like you wouldn’t believe. Whilst they neighbour Gary (Jesse Plemons) makes you want to watch on to find out what part he plays in the madness.

The actors often overshadow the plot in many ways. You can easily forget who their characters are and instead find yourself just thinking that it is actually them playing the game. However, ultimately, Game Night is one of those films that when you need something light and breezy, you can easily put on and enjoy. There is something about it that just makes it work, in a comedy world that has started to reuse many old patterns.

There so I am giving it...

3 1/2 Stars

Blog Soon,
Joey X

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