The Invitation (2022): Full Movie Review

Jessica M. Thompson is the director.

featuring Carol Ann Crawford, Thomas Doherty, Hugh Skinner,  Elizabeth Counsell, Courtney Taylor, Jeremy Wheeler, Kata Sarbó, Scott Alexander Young, Virág Bárány, and Nathalie Emmanuel, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden.

Following the passing of her mother, an unidentified relative approaches Evie and extends an invitation to an opulent marriage in the English countryside. 

Plot summary:

She soon becomes aware of a gothic conspiracy and realises she must battle for her life as she unearths dark facts about her ancestry.

The Invitation is the most stupid Get Out thin limitation to date, lacking even the most basic comprehension of what made that socially charged story so gripping, controversial, and moving. 

The movie, which was written and directed by Jessica M. Thompson and Blair Butler, is about having to work woman Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel), she decides to take a DNA test to look for additional ancestors while still mourning the recent deaths of her mother and father.

A distant cousin who is eager to meet up is revealed by the test results. Evie is treated to a special meal and invited to a high-status wedding at his wealthy friends' massive, Gothic English countryside estate after dismissing the reasonable concerns of her great buddy Kindness (Courtney Taylor in the assigned comic relief Black buddy interacting via technology role, that appears to be obligatory for these contemporary vacation getaways-from-hell horror stories).

Something is definitely strange about this place, as evidenced by the eerie statues and artwork (not to mention the dark photographs). To be honest, that has already been proved by the prologue's suicide of a woman who was trying to flee. 

Walter is humane and respectful toward the workers, self-deprecating, conscious of his status, and not above apologising when he slips up, in contrast to the nasty butler. Evie further succumbs to his attractions because he is attractive (with influence from Grace).

The Invitation loses its life force not because it dwells on this love theme for an excessive amount of time, but rather because of how tedious and uninteresting it is carried out. A surprise in the plot is OK, but if it's going to be this blatant and appear this late in the story, there should also be some scathing social commentary in addition to the funhouse thrills. 

The Invitation categorically fails to discover anything interesting during the initial stages of falling in love. Although the horror element is undoubtedly more exciting, it is also incredibly corny for a movie that tries so hard to make a profound statement about class conflict.

It should also be noted that the below-the-line team did a good job of creating stunningly vibrant gowns, a spooky environment, and the occasional eye-catching image. The remainder of this invitation ought to be thrown away.

It's puzzling that the creators have attempted to build up a sequel for The Invitation, and even though this film isn't nearly as bad as some movies that aren't screened for reviewers usually end up being, I would sooner give blood than go to a follow-up. Don't accept the invitation.