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REVIEW: ‘Game Night’ filled with mystery and suspense

By Aaron Harting

Looking for a funny movie that is filled with mystery and suspense? Are you looking for a cast that is able to be simultaneously serious and funny? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then “Game Night” is the movie for you.

By this point, it seems like a safe bet that a Jason Bateman movie will be at least slightly inappropriate, at least for his movies that are rated R. “Bad Words,” “Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Horrible Bosses 2” are all perfect examples of that. And inappropriate is exactly what I expected walking into the theater to watch Bateman’s newest movie, “Game Night.” I was pleasantly surprised that that was not the case.

As two brothers come together, Max and Brooks (played by Bateman and Kyle Chandler, respectively), a sibling rivalry ensues, causing an impact not only on a friendly game night, but also a ripple effect on other relationships. This adds unexpected tension and consequences. The excitement of Brooks’ return to town wins him host duties for the friends’ game night. In an attempt to, once again, upstage his brother, Brooks puts into play the most suspenseful and challenging game this group of friends has ever experienced.

“Game Night” is not your average friendly game night, however. As a real-life game of Clue begins to unfold, characters must differentiate between the game and real life, eventually coming to a costly end. With characters playing their roles to near perfection, a friendly game night quickly became suspenseful and creepy while not being too serious to make it a full-blown action or horror movie. Add in the excellent plot and heartwarming resolution, and “Game Night” was a great movie, earning a four and a half out of five star rating.

Rate: 4.5/5

Aaron Harting is a senior enconimic and finance and history pre-law double major. This review reflects the opinion of the author only.

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