is a madcap adventure packed with laughs, twists, and good performances that will keep audiences thoroughly entertained.
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie Davis (Rachel Mc Adams) spend their weekends hosting a traditional game night at their house, where friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris), his wife Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), Ryan (Billy Magnussen), and whatever Instagram model Ryan happens to be dating come to play everything from charades to a regular board game.
At times, the Brooks character falls victim to the trap of telling, not showing (which prevents his arc from feeling completely earned), but that's more a fault of the script than Chandler. Daley and Goldstein employ a number of creative transitions, smooth camera movements, and visual comedy that give it an abundance of flair for the big screen.
In particular, there is a sequence set inside a mansion illustrating a deftness at handling action that bodes well for the two's future endeavors.
The stakes are fairly high for a film in this genre, making it easy to remain invested even as things go to some absurd heights.
There are also some primary subplots that add some welcome layers (covering Max's relationships with Brooks and Annie) that allow for some nice character moments that give a solid emotional core.
Daley and Goldstein seem to be bursting with creativity for an even larger canvas.A running gag with Kevin and Michelle feels superfluous and wears thin after some time (though the payoff is pretty good), while Ryan and his newest date Sarah (Sharon Horgan) have a dynamic that follows a predictable trajectory, but is also responsible for some solid laughs.Nobody in the cast is bad; however, Max and Annie definitely have more to do.But due to the authenticity of the staged murder-mystery, it's difficult to tell if the events Max and friends are experiencing are real or all part of the facade.As the evening goes on, things continue to escalate to a life or death situation.