IF YOU HAVE NETFLIX, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND SPEND THE NEXT HOUR & 40 MINUTES WATCHING THIS MOVIE.
Karyn Kusama’s “The Invitation”, is one of the most suspenseful horror thriller’s (may not be for the faint of heart) I’ve since 2008’s “The Strangers”. With suspense built in ways that will make you physically tense in anticipation while feeling impossibly nervous, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what the %#^& is going on?!
Because trust me. You will think that.
What the %#^& is going on?!
But you will find yourself genuinely caring about what’s actually going down and why.
I don’t want to tell too much about the plot of the movie. Its best to go into this one knowing its simply about a dinner party.
That’s all you need to know.
At one point, my jaw muscles were so tense, I had to pause the movie and relax a bit. True story.
The cinematography includes dark rich colors, shadows and lots of fun, ingenious camera tricks that makes for beautiful eye candy. My favorites being the slow camera zoom as a story is told by one of the characters in the house and a lovely face-to-face father/son shot. About half-way through the movie, there is a crazily stunning infinity mirror shot of the main character Will, that may actually reflect the way you’re feeling at this part of the movie.
And we must talk about the main character Will and how ridiculously good looking he is. For any woman (and man, for that matter) out there who is a fan of Tom Hardy, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This man looks like if all of the times Tom Hardy has EVER been hot met the super scruffy, dirty, man hulk, hairy Tom Hardy and they had a lovechild, Logan Marshall-Green would be their spawn. This man is the epitome of the perfect Tom Hardy, if there was such a thing because let’s face it, Tom Hardy himself is ridiculously HOT.
But that’s beside the point. Tom Hardy is NOT in “The Invitation” but a lovechild spawn of him is.
There are times in this movie when homeboy Will (or Hottie Hardy) should have left after things were said. I found myself audibly telling him so by yelling at my TV screen. But I reckon if he left, this movie would not exist so therefore he stayed, which made for a most excellent movie. I truly believed everything about everyone but also that nothing was it seemed. The character chemistry was fantastic from Will’s suspicion to Eden’s sadness to Kira’s defeat, with scenes where the tension was so thick that I found myself forgetting to breathe. Theodore Shapiro’s music throughout is intensely alluring, gracefully building the suspense and heightening the overall mood to allow the audience to truly get caught up in what the %#^& is going on?!
Several scenes were so powerfully sad that they almost made me forget that this was a horror thriller but then something would quickly remind me of just that and I would become nervous all over again. The acting was SO well done and the backstory was told beautifully between flashbacks that easily intensified the entire theme of the movie: grief and how people deal with it.
“I’ve been waiting to die ever since the moment it happened”.
Bravo for this line and the delivery of it.
Grief is an overwhelming feeling that everyone deals with differently. Some days are easy to get through and other days are full of the most exhausting anguish there is. But knowing that we all go through our own share of heartache and sadness helps to make it a little easier to realize we’re not going through it alone. Small, teeny tiny underlying message of the movie but absolutely not the main focus.
What I’m trying to say is “The Invitation” is SUCH an amazing emotional roller-coaster that will keep you guessing until the very end. Fantastically paced with a payoff that you’ll be thinking about well after the movie has finished, do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as you can.
I’ve watched it four times since my first viewing.
And I’m probably going to go watch it again.