BLU-RAY REVIEW — “Game Night”
Game Night follows Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) are an equally competitive and loyal couple who regularly hold a game night for them and their friends. After an offer from Max’s brother Brooks (Chandler) to host game night at his house, it is revealed that he has set up a murder mystery themed Game Night that is more interactive than Max and Annie’s usual game nights. Once the night begins and the situations get crazier, the group begins to lose perspective on what’s real and what’s part of the game.
Game Night has been one of my favorite films of the year ever since I saw it back in February, so I was excited to see just how well it held up on Blu-Ray. Somehow, I loved the film even more on a second viewing. If you watch it on a purely laugh-to-laugh basis, Game Night succeeds in having great laughs and comedic situations from beginning to end. But what makes it a comedy classic for me is just how impressive it is in terms of plot and direction. This is somehow both an engaging, entertaining piece of mystery entertainment as well as one of the funniest films I’ve seen in years. And that is truly no small feat. Also, shoutout to Jesse Plemmons who isn’t giving the praise he deserves for playing Gary, Max and Annie’s creepy neighbor.
The Blu-Ray is a solid companion to the fantastic film at hand, although I wish we could’ve gotten a commentary track with it as I’m deeply interested in how they managed to make a comedy that is so precise and entertaining. The Blu-Ray still comes with an entertaining gag reel and a Making of Game Night featurette. The film is full of some surprisingly great cinematography and well-shot action sequences, so this is genuinely one that you would want to get on Blu-Ray.
Film Score: 4/5
Blu-Ray Score: 3.5/5
Game Night is available on Blu-Ray now.