Game Night follows a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights but when events take a serious and darker turn they find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

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It’s rare that a film does the balance between thriller and comedy so well but Game Night does so brilliantly, bringing a real tension at times as well as utter hilarious moments from start to finish.

A strong mixture of Mark Perez’s writing (certainly a talent to keep an eye on) and the performances from the cast produce an endless stream of truly clever and witty comedy. The jokes and gags are constant, and though not all of them land there are certainly a lot more hits than misses.

As mentioned, the cast of Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury and Jesse Plemons is a wonderfully talented mixture who all provide fantastic comedic performances, and each have their time to shine without ever feeling overcrowded.

Furthermore, Game Night is crammed with creativity in terms of comedic set pieces and also with elements such as cinematography and camerawork. In particular, I loved the use of miniature models for all of the establishing shots which add to the ‘game night’ theme as well as taking a unique approach to film making.

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If you’re looking for a film that’s plenty of fun with creative and witty comedy then look no further than Game Night. If you don’t like having fun or enjoy comedy then don’t bother…

8/10

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