Movie Review: GAME NIGHT (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

GAME NIGHT was directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein from a screenplay by Mark Perez  and stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Chelsea Peretti, with Michael C. Hall and Kyle Chandler.

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or, it’s game over.

The movie follows Max and Annie who throws these Game Night parties with their friends and when Max’s older brother Brooks shows up, he kicks it up a notch and arranges a murder mystery that doesn’t go as planned. This game involves a kidnapping and it’s up to Max, Annie and their friends to find the clues to solve the mystery. There’s also Max and Annie’s oddball neighbor Gary, a police officer who gets left out of Game Night but he ends up becoming a major player this chaotic misadventure.

The thing is, this kidnapping is real and the group of friends just don’t know it in the beginning but they quickly find out when things get extremely dangerous for everyone involved in this messed up predicament. Max also ends up finding out a whole lot more about his big brother as the night unfolds and he isn’t close to what he’s pretended to be all this time but Max is driven to save Brooks from this deadly kidnapping anyway. There’s this ruthless kingpin called The Bulgarian who’s the one behind the kidnapping but with a little help from Max and Annie, the dangerous pursuit ultimately comes to an end.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Game Night which ended up being a combination of action, comedy, and all out fun. The story was extremely smart and the cast delivered some great performances in this twisted mixture of action and comedy. The standouts were Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams whose comedic chemistry works nicely on screen but I have to say that Jesse Plemons kind of stole the show as the oddball neighbor. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein follows up their directing debut (the Vacation remake) with this exciting sophomore effort that entertains from beginning to end and even through the end credits. The movie is packed with bust-a-gut adult humor, a fantastic one shot action scene with an egg, and even a little blood and gore to boot. I’ve been a Jason Bateman fan for a long time and have to say that this is one of his best comedies to come along in a while and I’ll go as far to say this one is a can’t miss. Game Night will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on May 22nd.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Gag Reel (06:48)
  • An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night (03:48)
  • Digital Copy

 

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