The Invitation, 2022.
Directed by, Jessica M. Thompson.
The Invitation Star Cast:
Starring Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Hugh Skinner, Kata Sarbó, Scott Alexander Young, Virág Bárány, Sean Pertwee, Elizabeth Counsell, Courtney Taylor, Jeremy Wheeler, and Carol Ann Crawford.
After her mother’s death, Evie is approached by an unknown cousin who invites her to a lavish wedding in the English countryside. Soon, she realizes a gothic conspiracy is afoot and must fight for survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history.
The Invitation is the latest misguided Get Out pale limitation with no rudimentary understanding of why that socially charged narrative was tense, provocative, and poignant.
Directed by Jessica M. Thompson (co-writing alongside Blair Butler), the film centers on working-class woman Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel), who, while still grieving her father and the recent loss of her mother, decides to take a DNA test searching for more ancestors.
The test results bring up a distant cousin eager to meet up. Dismissing the justifiable concerns from her good friend Grace (Courtney Taylor in the designated comic relief Black friend communicating via technology role, which seems to be obligatory for these modern-day vacation getaways-from-hell horror stories)
Evie is treated to a fancy dinner and invited to a high-status wedding over at his rich friends’ colossal, Gothic English countryside estate. It should also be said that the below-the-line team has done solid work, crafting exquisitely colorful dresses, an eerie setting, and the occasional appealing visual.
The rest of this invitation should be discarded in the trash. Bafflingly, these filmmakers have tried to set up a sequel for The Invitation, and while this movie is nowhere near the disaster some films not screened for critics typically turn out to be, I would rather donate blood than attend a successor. Rescind the invitation.
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