Movie Review #1974 GAME NIGHT.
American comedy built on premise of a few couples who like to outdo each other at games, any game, as long as it's innocent so no drinking games or anything unseemly.
Enter the high-flying brother of one of them and the game night takes on an interesting twist with plenty of misunderstandings, confusion and red herrings abound as a murder/mystery night becomes a little too real for comfort.
Standard comedy fare built on insecure characters but with just a little originality thrown in. Jason Bateman and Rachael Mcadams are the leads although neither turns in anything memorable along with the rest of the cast although the script makes it hard to rise above anything mediocre. The cop next door is mildly amusing who pulls a surprise or two however from a position of possibilities it all becomes a bit, well, boring.
Couple of grins raised at a few scenes that could have been really funny but weren't so much and I found myself watch watching third of the way through. Nice try but doesn't really come off.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.