[Review] Game Night wins with crossing over comedy with tension

Game Night, review, jason Bateman

Scary Basement Media doesn’t just love the horror genre, it loves ALL genre films. Dark comedies are included. I went into Game Night expecting your typical Jason Bateman comedy. You know, the basic boring character that gets involved with something way over their head (which he plays magnificently) but always realizes he shouldn’t be such a prude. Tell you what folks, Game Night actually blew me away. A quick rundown of the plot, an overly competitive couple Max and Annie (Bateman, RachelMcAdams) host game nights and always have the same group of friends over to participate. Well, one friend always brings along a different not so smart partner to every game. Well Max’s older, more handsome, and successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) is in town and wants to host the game Night at his swanky new home. Brooks sets up a game to where someone gets “kidnapped” and the object is to “rescue” the kidnapped person. All goes hay wire when a real kidnapping occurs during the game.

Game Night, Review, Jason BatemanDirectors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein perfectly mixes cute comedy with dark humor and the ensemble cast has great chemistry as they try to “play the game” throughout the movie. The very well conceived sub plot of Max’s jealousy of his older brother is completely believable and enhances the story. The recently divorced next door neighbor, Gary, played spectacularly by Jesse Plemons (Fargo, Breaking Bad, The Master), is the scene stealer throughout the movie. Who would’ve thought someone so scary could be so hilarious? Now, onto one of my favorite points of this film, the score. Composed by Cliff Martinez (Drive, The Neon Demon, Only God Forgives) is brilliant. I wasn’t expecting a dark synth score in a comedy film but it contributes to the story as much as the comedy itself. I loved it so much I immediately saved the playlist on my Spotify account. Here is the link if you’d like to listen for yourself. All in all, this is one of my favorite comedies I’ve seen in a very long time. I highly recommend multiple viewings. Oh, and stay until the credits are completely over for a nice surprise…

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