Every year, Fantasia Film Festival has a lot of movies that slip through my radar. The Invitation was one of those that just didn’t make the cut because it was really obscure and mostly because the time didn’t scheduling didn’t work for me. Its a choice I regret…let’s just put it that way. This review will be spoiler-free and short to make sure that you will enjoy it to the max. Actually, I even think that not reading anything is even better. The less you know, the better to maximize the enjoyment of it.
Let’s check this out!
The Invitation (2015)
Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michelle Krusiec, Mike Doyle, Jordi Vilasuso, Jay Larson, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch
While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.-IMDB
The Invitation is a gem. Its been a while that a psychological thriller has truly grabbed me and made me think the whole length of it. This movie is crafted in such a way that even though there are multiple characters, we’re really bonded with our main character, Will, played by Logan Marshall-Green. We’re in his shoes and it doesn’t take long for us to have suspicion as we adapt and learn the relationships of each character at this dinner party. Right from the beginning, the movie tries to foreshadow a personality trait that can be interpreted in many ways or maybe make us believe that we’re overthinking it. Its a constant that we, as the audience, bounce back and forth between wondering. That, in itself, is the beauty and awesomeness of The Invitation.
The Invitation is full of mystery from what happened to cause the divorce of Will and his ex-wife Eden to what makes him dread coming back. Or even what made him accept the invitation. Why did his ex-wife and new husband David pop back up after disappearing for a few years? There are mysteries of the friends that are there as we learn about them also. Each friend has their own dynamic with Will.
With that said, The Invitation is fantastically mind-boggling. The atmosphere it creates is refreshing and edgy. Its well-crafted even with some little predictable bits but it never overshadows the tension it takes the time to slowly build.
The Invitation is a movie that I definitely highly recommend. And after you watch it and want to hear what we at The Random Chat Show have to say about it, head to check out the podcast HERE!
Have you seen The Invitation? What did you think of it?