Worst Dinner Party Ever.)
Release Date: April 8th.
Written by: Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
Directed by: Karyn Kusama.
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard, and John Carroll Lynch.
Director Karyn Kusama earned lots of Indie cred back in 2000 with her first film, Girlfight. After that, she moved on to bigger Studio fare with the better-than-most-people-give-it-credit-for, Aeon Flux; and her last film was the impossible to endure (it's a Diablo Cody thing for us) Jennifer's Body, back in 2009. And then she just kinda stopped directing anything.
Now, nearly seven years later, she's back with The Invitation, and in better form than ever.
|"WELCOME TO OUR UNCOMFORTABLE HOME."|
|HOW IS THAT NOT AWKWARD?|
|SHE SEEMS TO THINK THAT THERE'S SOMETHING AMISS AS WELL...|
The Invitation is a quiet and intense Thriller that had us eating up every second of its slow-burn brilliance. Karyn Kusama did an excellent job of creating an uneasy, paranoid atmosphere throughout this one, which made us anxious to find out whether Will was about to snap, or if there truly was something wrong with the dinner party that he and his lady were attending. The last 20 minutes surely answered that question for us with an explosion of... well, let's just say that things got crazy.
And that last scene was a truly great "Holy shit!" kind of a moment.
|IT TOOK US 20 MINUTES TO REALIZE THAT THIS WASN'T TOM HARDY.|
|HE'S SO TORTURED. AND INDECISIVE.|
|THIS BIRTHDAY IS RUINED.|
|SHE'S WITNESSING THAT MESS RIGHT NOW.|
|THE POOLSIDE SEX SCENE THAT NEVER WAS.|
|DOES ANYBODY DO CREEPY BETTER THAN JOHN CARROLL LYNCH?|
Rent it (or go see it at your local Arthouse Theater if you can), and enjoy.
The Invitation is available now on VOD.