So, GAME NIGHT is a studio comedy that: A. wasn’t obnoxiously loud B. featured no apparent improve C. wasn’t based off a TV show D. never resorted to gratuitous nudity E. had no nut shots F. was actually funny, and G. had a great score ... I call bullshit; this didn’t happen.
Strengths: returning, likable characters capable of mixing lighthearted humor with staple family melodrama; unique, beautifully rendered animation; creative and genuinely exciting action choreography; masterful and playful sound design.
Weakness: plot derivative of previous entry; major lack of character arcs; reliance on cute-driven (read: lazy) levity; and, a villain with zero mystique, obvious motives and zero forethought after their initial, ludicrously effective follow through.
It’s good, it’s worth seeing, but it’s far from Incredible.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Aside from the beat-for-beat mirroring of the original film seriously deflating the drama and suspense, I rather liked this episode.
However, the story is like a coincidence got in a wrestling match with fate and the punch-up crew from the MCU was commentating. And, I get why they did it and the end result could be the best set-up for a budding "new" franchise, but still kinda dodgy.
I really want an explanation for why R2 happened to "come to"…
Star Wars: The Subversion of Expectaions.
The ‘one step forward, one step to the side’ story approach was interesting enough, until it too became super, SUPER predictable. It’s like the script’s plot twists were written on Opposite Day. So, by the end, I expected the unexpected and left with the only memorable and exciting bit being Laura Dern; as she was both interesting and badass. I guess the older I get, the less I care about pretty colors and pointless…