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B-List Delights: The Invitation

The Invitation (2013) is a suspenseful, mysterious movie directed by Karyn Kusama. It represents the terrifying, horrific reality of what losing a family member can do. Will and Eden lost their young son from a tragic accident. Eden disappears after his death, leaving Will confused and alone, until she pops up again two years later with a new husband.

The Invitation is set in Hollywood Hills, where it makes it seem almost as a safe, less intimidating place. Will brings along his girlfriend, Kira, to a dinner that Eden invited them to. On the drive there, Will and Kira hit a coyote, which Will decides to put it out of its misery. The movie immediately starts off with a uneasy setting, getting heavier as it goes on. Eden’s new husband, David, is a slightly strange person. The two spent plenty of time in Mexico and have brought a friend back named Sadie, who lives with them. She moves almost unnoticed throughout the  house, giving the movie an even heavier ominous feel than before. Once Will and Kira arrive, David greets them at the door, locking it behind him. Strangely, no one’s phone has any service, but they just brush it off, thinking it’s the area that they are all in. The other dinner guests are all old friends that hope to rekindle the group. Will slowly becomes more and more tense, especially after watching a video of the Invitation, a spiritual group that Eden became a part of during her trip to Mexico.

Karyn Kusama is the producer of Jennifer’s Body (2009) and Girlfight (2000), where a strong feminist ideal is shown throughout both movies. The Invitation includes a somewhat diverse cast, with multiracial and gay couples. The script was written by Kusama’s husband, Phil Hay, who has also written for Ride Along (2014), Ride Along 2 (2016), and Clash of the Titans (2010). The actor of Will, Logan Marshall-Green, has appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Prometheus (2012). Bobby Shore was the cinematographer in The Invitation and he doesn’t disappoint, leaving the audience with an eerie atmosphere all throughout the movie.

I personally felt like it was slowly building up and the last 15 minutes just became a rush to explain what plot they still had. It was a three out of five skulls and although I enjoyed the plot, I just felt like some parts were way too slow for me. I normally prefer something to be fast paced and The Invitation wasn’t quite as swift as I enjoy. The Invitation is a psychological thriller built around a suspenseful plot, leaving the audience shocked.

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