The Invitation Movie Review: Conventional, Hoary Horror Thriller

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By Johnson Thomas

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Cast:

Nathalie
Emmanuel,
Thomas
Doherty,
Stephanie
Corneliussen,
Alana
Boden,
Hugh
Skinner,
Kata
Sarbó,
Scott
Alexander
Young,
Virág
Bárány
Director:

Jessica
M.
Thompson

Young
Adult
vampire
romances
have
been
done
to
death
after
Twilight’s
success,
so
this
new
film,
in
a
similar
vein,
fails
to
raise
interest.
Even
Jessica
M.
Thompson’s
attempt
to
revitalize
horror
movie
tropes
comes
unstuck
for
most
of
this
film’s
runtime.

As
a
significant
aspect
of
the
plot,
we
have
the
naïve
yet
smart
heroine
falling
prey
to
a
rush
of
emotional
longing.
After
all
the
ceramics
artist,
Evie
(Nathalie
Emmanuel)
a
young
American
woman
of
mixed
race,
alone
after
her
mother’s
demise,
is
persuaded
to
visit
her
long-lost
white
family
in
England
for
the
“wedding
of
the
century,” by
an
overly
zealous
second
cousin
(Hugh
Skinner).

The Invitation Movie Review

The
second
cousin
is
someone
she
discovers
on
the
DNA
website’s
family
tree
following
a
swab
test.
At
the
Gothic
Manor
and
plush
estate
where
the
wedding
festivities
are
to
take
place,
she
meets
Walter(Thomas
Doherty)…and
the
two
fall
promptly
in
lust.
Evie
s
unaware
of
the
history
of
the
manor
and
its
inhabitants
and
goes
along
with
the
festivities
until
she
begins
to
see
the
abnormality
of
the
situation
she
has
put
herself
in.

We
see
British
nobility
engaging
in
Vampirism
and
distant
cousin
Evie
too
becomes
a
victim.
The
annotation
on
white
generational
wealth,
race,
class,
and
male
privilege
is
incidental
and
not
part
of
the
narrative’s
grand
design.
There’s
nothing
special
here.
The
clichéd
hoary
tropes
on
display
can
do
little
but
make
you
weary
and
bored.
The
setup
may
have
sounded
interesting
but
what
follows
is
highly
predictable
and
unexciting.

The Invitation Movie Review

Coupled
with
darkened
camerawork
and
foreseeable
last-minute
twists,
the
narrative
makes
the
going
rather
difficult
for
its
audience.
The
pace
is
rather
slow,
and
there’s
shock
value
in
the
heroine’s
sudden
turnaround
but
the
contrary
contrivance
in
the
plotting
doesn’t
make
for
a
fulfilling
watch.
It’s
formulaic,
replete
with
jump
scares
and
campy
overtones.

That
final
revelation
is
meant
to
surprise
but
those
familiar
with
horror
movies
will
see
it
coming.
The
narrative
feels
slightly
underdeveloped
and
lacks
a
strong
enough
idea.
The
narrative
is
slick
enough
but
there’s
nothing
special
here
to
set
it
apart
from
the
hackneyed,
formulaic
genre
facsimiles.

Story first published: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 12:44 [IST]

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