Nobody takes gaming this serious. That’s one of the problems with Game Night. It simply doesn’t know what it wants to be. Comedy, action, horror, and drama are all present but everything is so over the top that the demands of the plot don’t compute.
The first half of the movie is spent trying to get all of the characters and their respective stories in place. And, while it’s not normally a bad thing, the plot changes course up to the very end. In this instance it’s difficult to keep up.
The laughs are few and far between in what feels like a very long (almost) two hour movie with most of the attempts at humor falling flat. The directing, cinematography, and overall storyline are good though. Game Night does the job of building suspense through some creative directing and lighting that sets the mood.
As a fan (mostly) of Jason Bateman, this offering is more like ‘The Gift’ than anything else. And that would be okay if the movie wasn’t billed as a comedy.
Catch an early showing or wait for this to come out on rental first.
(Disclaimer: There is one scene in which Bateman’s character has to have a bullet removed from his injured arm and will have you laughing. By far the best part of this movie.)