The Invitation – My Thoughts

The Invitation directed by Karyn Kusama is a thriller with a bit of horror elements. If you attend a lot of formal house parties, you might want to watch this one because there are a lot of things going on at once. Maybe that was just me but overall, it’s a simple story.

In essence, it’s about a couple who goes to a reunion party and some weird and unusual things go down. The main character played by Logan Marshall-Green starts to become suspicious of the doors and windows and basically how the party is moving along. There were some parts that I felt were a little boring but if you’re that type of person who pays attention to small details, this film would be perfect for you.

I don’t think there’s much to discuss because this movie relies on mystery and literal storytelling to drive the plot. If you can sit through dialogue driven movies, I think you would enjoy this one.

So what themes or ideas does this movie explore? I think it has to do with religious extremism and cults. I don’t want to give too much away but as the story escalated, I felt some kind of supernatural element. However, do not confuse this movie with the supernatural horror movie genre because those two are not alike. This movie is more of a thriller throughout the first two thirds of the movie.

Personally, the last third of the movie was the most exciting and kind of scary. I’m not a fan of horror movies so I didn’t really get much out of this movie other than the themes surrounding cults.

This is a movie that you should try out but if it’s not your style, don’t worry because you’re not going to be missing out on anything important. Despite the high rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, I would give this movie a 7.9 out of 10.

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