Fiercely competitive couple Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams) have put the snacks out, the beers are in the fridge, and once their friends Kevin and Michelle (Morris and Bunbury) and dunderhead Ryan (Magnusson) arrive, their weekly Game Night can begin.
Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.
This is a seasonable frolic, whose plot is in the title and is a hook on which to hang a load of gags, some funny, some not so funny. Which of them tickles your funny bone will depend on personal taste.
Zootropolis quickly evolves into something completely unexpected; a noir mystery adventure, featuring well-drawn central characters, and a plot with more subtext and resonant, responsible themes than most films you’re likely to see in 2016.
“The Gift started for me with a simple premise: what would happen if a high school bully ran into his victim fifteen or so years later? What would or could be the effects? How might the past come to bear on the present? How could the past, unaccounted and unresolved, rupture a present situation?