Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MOVIE REVIEW: Game Night

MOVIE REVIEW
Game Night
Warner Bros. Pictures 
(Running time 100 minutes)
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There's this guy I know who's a
full fledged film aficionado. He
called up a couple of days ago,
urging me to see Game Night.
Hmm, a seemingly intriguing
story line, an engaging cast and
a rousing recommendation. I
had to get out and see this one.
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Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan GoldsteinGame Night is a bona fide edge-your-seat comedy thriller starring Jason Bateman as Max and Rachel McAdams as Max's wife, Annie. The film tells the compelling story of a group of friends whose casual game night has been taken over by Max's super-competitive brother, Brooks, played by Kyle Chandler. In short order, the typically tame weekly soiree is transformed unexpectedly into an action-packed, real-life murder mystery.

Released nationwide on February 23rd, Game Night also features a dynamite supporting cast that includes Billy Magnussen as Ryan (Max and Annie's dimwitted friend), Sharon Horgan as Sarah (Ryan's sophisticated game night date), Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury as husband wife Kevin and Michelle (Max and Annie's friends) and Jesse Plemons as cop Gary Kingsbury (Max and Annie's peculiar next door neighbor)

The cast of Game Night
Lines are blurred quickly between reality and fantasy — the good guys and the bad guys. And just when you think you've got the film all figured out — WHAM another zinger!

Well-written and well-cast, Game Night entertains viewers with plenty of laughs and "gotcha" plot twists — making for one of the smartest, most engaging flicks since the original Hangover in 2009. Given the "R" rating, not all of the content is exactly "family-friendly," but the dialog doesn't drip with vulgarities either. Mature sexual content is also minimal, as the crisp, fast-faced story and razor-sharp acting carries the film just fine. (A+)

-Christopher Long
(March 2018)

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