Similar to Get Out, in the sense that the escalating foreboding of the first two acts is brilliantly developed, but also undermined by a third act descent into messy violence. Like J. Peele, Kusama does slow burning anxiety like a master, but lacks the more controlled 'Hitchcockian' sensibility needed to turn the action into set-pieces. Nonetheless, an effective thriller about liberal complacency & overcoming grief.
Insufferable adulting. The Invitation's dogma isn't intelligent enough to be believable: death connects you to the source. This is all grown adults in grief need to hear to kill and be killed. It makes no sense. Dead child trope. Stock characters. Emayatzy Corinealdi manages to stand out with a semblance of reality. The last shot is awesome.
Not a complete disappointment but the acting and the dialogue felt too stiff. For some foolish reason, I expected it to have some Cassavetean naturalism but honestly, how many filmmakers can pull that off without being too idiosyncratic and sacrificing international appeal?
Great group of actors, ably led by Marshall-Green, who was tremendous in 'Quarry'. He's a man battling grief and suspicion. People talk badly about paranoia, but there is a thing called 'healthy paranoia'. It could also be called curiosity. People make excuses for weird behaviour instead of trying to figure it out. Group dynamics usually means that people are too polite to ask questions. Don't lock the fucking door!
Starts off quite well - has a weirdly unsettling atmosphere and provides some psychological thrills when the viewer is questioning the reality of some scenes. However, it loses its steam in the second part and the conclusion with the cult stuff is just disappointing.
So when I say "a that taut and tense thriller about men being trapped in a house that have full of sinister things lurking behind, opens with the protagonists running over a wild animal with their car, and directed not by white male", I am not talking about GET OUT.
This started off interesting and even kind of promising but ends up being by the numbers...the main failing of this film is how the second half meanders in the last 35-40mins.Too predictable overall and the "twist" isn't original nor even executed properly since you can see it coming 20mins into the film. One other annoyance is how much Will actually broods & weeps to himself alone in a house that isn't his anymore.