The Invitation is worth an invitation not worth accepting.

After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) takes a DNA test… and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she’s at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.

It’s a bit baffling to see a movie like The Invitation fall so hard, it had everything gift wrapped for it to be a very fun movie but instead ends up being very dull. Nathalie Emmanuel deserved so much better than this as she was the only one here who gave a solid performance despite working with such a dull script. The gothic architecture combined with the filming is nice to look at as well but the movie doesn’t use it in any special type of way. The biggest issue with The Invitation is the writing being on the level of terrible vampire fanfiction, the vampire elements are nice on paper but are not executed well here. A lot of it is very lazily introduced and hits that fanfiction feel very early on, the vampire stuff only gets fun when it’s far too late. There’s some decently done scenes during the third act, but that’s not enough to save the movie especially considering how bare bones the rest of the movie you just watched was. Despite some of the vampire stuff being fun several of the ideas were poorly executed, a majority of the movie is setting up the idea and then proceeding to execute it in such a bare bones way. Finally there’s the characters who are just very poorly written, a lot of them are give one character trait and that’s it. There isn’t any moments that actually give these characters some sort of depth (outside of Evie), overall The Invitation is pretty disappointing and a huge missed opportunity.

The Invitation is playing in theaters.

3/10 D-

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