The Movie: 7.5/10
I’m up for having a good time hanging out with my friends, sure. I’m not, however, a big hi-jinks type gal. There would not be a time when I accidentally got tangled up with criminals who almost kill me for some crazy wacky reason, but hey, it’s fun to watch a flick that takes some fictional folks down that road for me:)
Game night is hi-jinks. That’s all there is to it. Yes there is some relationship stuff, marriage, sibling, and friendships, but that’s all just the slender foundation that holds up the adventure of our band of grown up gamers go on through the story. Let me clarify “gamers”. They play board games for fun, very competitively. Send in the brother of our leading man who messes with the traditional game night by ordering a company to come in and do a mock kidnapping and have the game playing group solve the mystery and find him…..or is that what’s happening?
I had a good time with this movie. I laughed a few times and I was never in the mood to roll my eyes at some of the more extreme antics they toss in between the moments of relationship revelations. It is what it is, and how much more vague can I be for a review? 🙂 It’s just a fun romp with some good performers doing outrageous things in a story that I would never be living and I really really enjoyed it.
Everyone in the cast did a fine job of being funny when they needed to be and giving a bit more meaning to their individual stories when they needed to reign in the tone a bit. The action is crazy and fun, even though Dexter could have been more menacing, but hey, in this movie a bad guy with a shitty attitude works fine for me.
Overall it’s a great weekend movie to just settle in, get the popcorn, and have a good time. If you do another movie with it, I say go for something like Horrible Bosses or even Bad Words, which also stars Jason Bateman.
- An Unforgettable Evening: The Making Of Game Night (4 Minutes) – EPK style featurette that highlights the cast and film-making.
- Gag Reel (7 Minutes) – Goofs and hi-jinks on the set.
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot Digitally by Barry Peterson Game Night looks picture perfect on Blu-ray with a 1080P AVC encode that comes in around 25mbps. This transfer has a very high detail look and shadow detail is off the charts. Some of the night shots are noisy but it’s no fault of the transfer.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track used here is way above what you expect from a traditional adult comedy. During the car chasing a plane sequence (yeah that happens) we get some wonderful LFE action and surround sound that a full on action movie would be jealous of. One word of warning here, recent Blu-ray releases seem to be mixed louder than previous titles and this one is no different. Lower the volume a bit or you are in for a surprise.
Overall Score 7.5/10