“Game Night” Review: takes the fun out of games, in a good way

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, and Kylie Bunbury in "Game Night." Photo by 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

This year’s latest comedy Game Night, directed by Johnathon Goldstein and John Francis Daley, stars Rachel McAdams and John Bateman. The ambitious couple, Annie and Max, fall in love over their extreme competitiveness and obsession with board games. They host a weekly game-night but one week, Max’s more successful brother, Brook (Kyle Chandler), takes over and things get out of hand pretty quickly.

In a bid to outdo Max, Brook ditches the board games and replaces them with a live-action murder mystery. A member of the group is kidnapped and the rest of the party have to follow a series of ‘clues’ find them. As the movie progresses, the lines between what is real and what is fake become comically blurred.¬†Games Night¬†really takes the fun out of games but does so in a way which is forgivable due to the fun that is maintained through the way the characters react.

Game Night is wild, exhilarating and a little bit weird. It is refreshing to watch a Hollywood comedy that is actually funny throughout. The feature effectively explores the dynamics of couples and siblings and is consistently entertaining. Also, the role of Annie is Rachel McAdams best comic role since the role that got her famous in Mean Girls.