The movie is supported by an endearing cast who supplies the much-needed energy to keep the plot alive. Rachel McAdams once again proves that she’s an underrated comedienne in a role that doesn’t peg her as the nagging girlfriend. She has chemistry with Jason Bateman who delivers what he does best. The rest of the cast adds an interesting mix of different personalities, including Billy Magnussen who plays the idiot of the group but lands every joke.
Even though this is a straightforward movie like any other Bateman led film, the camerawork has some interesting creative choices here to make Game Night resemble that of an actual game with its tilt-shift photography and whip pan transitions in a pass the McGuffin sequence.
Unfortunately, no matter how much McAdams and Bateman milk every set-up, the cast is ultimately weighed down by half-assed storytelling.
The barely-there story is filled with cliched twists and turns. It doesn’t help that while there’s a spark between Annie and Max, all characters are flat. This movie has everything that you would expect from a potboiler action thriller – one-note characters, cartoonish henchmen, a creepy neighbor, and contrived plotting.
In fairness, Game Night knows what it is supposed to be and aims to be nothing more than reliable popcorn entertainment. It provides a couple of laughs mined from silly violence. You have competitive gamers whose game night legacy has led them to think they know what they’re doing but they really don’t, leading to some funny moments.
Game Night is a movie night fodder and eventually a more reliable Netflix choice than any of the Adam Sandler movies.
Game Night is serviceable popcorn entertainment with endearing performances, cast chemistry, and creative choices.