Game Night (2018)

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and written by Mark Perez, Game Night is pretty much The Game, but instead of Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, we have a group of friends whose murder mystery night turns real when one of them is kidnapped. Hijinks, as they say, ensue.

Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) met at trivia and have stayed competitive ever since. They’re trying to have a kid and Max’s inadequacies may all come from his brother Brooks constantly showing him up. Now, his brother has come back to ruin his weekly game night.

I have to say, I loved the look of this film. The tilt-shift lens in the shots above the suburbs makes real life look like a board game. And I really loved how the car racing scenes kept the car locked up in center frame like a video game.

My favorite character in the film? Gary, the awkward cop. Jesse Plemons is so great in this role and I absolutely fell in love with his dog Bastian, who is played by a dog named Olivia. This is one busy dog — she’s also appeared in Widows and the Netflix series Insatiable.

This comedy moves fast, has fun even with a bullet removal scene and doesn’t overstay its welcome. That’s all you can really ask for these days with movies.

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