Game Night hits theaters February 23.
By Tali Tornheim
On your marks, get set, go! Things are about to heat up in here.
Jason Bateman stars alongside Rachel McAdams as Max and Annie in the new comedy Game Night. Bateman plays his usual sophisticated, goody two shoes role, just as he did in the Change-Up and Horrible Bosses. For McAdams on the other hand, this is a change from her usual romantic comedies like The Notebook and The Vow. It’s more like some next level Mean Girls stuff, showing that there’s a badass chick behind those pretty hazel eyes.
This power couple hosts a standard game night every week with their friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris), his wife Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), and Ryan (Billy Magnussen). Ryan brings a new date every week but you’ll be convinced it’s the same person. Suddenly, an average game night takes a crazy turn, involving some Taken-style action with twists you won’t see coming. Max’s brother shows up, and a new murder mystery game with real-world consequences is presented. This crazy adventure shows Max that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
There’s plenty of laugh out loud moments during Game Night that will take your breath away. It’s a very well balanced movie with lots of action, comedy, and unexpected turns that will keep you on your toes. All that makes this film very much worth seeing on the big screen. It teaches you that sometimes you’ll have to “settle for the pellets instead of taking the fruit.” (You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what that means!)
I give Game Night a B+.