Film Reviews

The Invitation (2015)


Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard

Directed By: Karyn Kusama

If you’ve ever been to one of those dinner parties where you felt the need to drink your way through someone’s spiel about yoga or becoming vegan, then this is the film for you.

Will and his new girlfriend are invited to a dinner party held by his ex-wife a year after their child died, they split and she fled to Mexico. She has remarried, and is hosting the event as a celebration of life, but Will can’t help but feel like something sinister is going on, especially when she talks about The Invitation, a cult-like spiritual retreat she claims has cured her grief.

Although a little clunky, the film is clever in the way it builds moments of weirdness, creating suspense. Is Will imagining things because he’s so uncomfortable or is he right to feel like something very sinister is lurking? The other guests are quick to try to soothe him, but should they be?

It’s not a game changer, it feels a little long, and as a whole, well, it would like to be Hitchcock, but it doesn’t quite reach that height. But it’s not a bad film.

See It If: you’ve ever been freaked out or bored by someone pushing their ideas on you at a dinner party.

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