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PanamaTrickster Reviews: The Invitation (2022)

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The Invitation starts out rather typically, but in a charming way. We are greeted by grand, Gothic architecture that is very easy on the eyes and almost seducing in a way that makes you feel right at home, but at the same time, on edge. The main cast of characters effortlessly fill their roles in a believable and convincing manner, luring us into putting our guards down, nudging us to unknowingly stumble into a film that will ultimately let us down by the end.

Nathalie Emmanuel and Thomas Doherty’s chemistry is off the charts, but the story is so vague in the beginning, that it is hard to pinpoint just how and why it works so well. For the first two thirds of the film, we are swept away by a mysterious plot that is still rather unknown to us throughout. Even with this being the case, it is nevertheless extremely captivating. The jumpscares are always mixed with a loud noise coming from the score in the background or a scream, so the effect they have on the audience wears off after the second or third scare. The sound design in the movie was excellent, paying close attention to even the most minor of details such as the many sounds of heels and dress shoes simultaneously prancing around the ballroom floor.

By the third act, the movie begins to reveal itself, and what it is truly about. Once this happens, you begin to long for they mystery of it to return, as the reveal is where the movie ultimately falls apart. It becomes typical, boring, and yawn inducing. The story rapidly picks up the pace and concludes far too quickly for us to care about anything that is happening. Before you know it, the movie is over and we are left wishing we had a different ending. One where it took itself a bit more seriously, and maybe had a more believable element to it. We have seen far too many movies in our time do what this movie attempted in its third act, and it is getting rather tiresome. It feels as though it’ll be one of the last movies talked about when referencing its genre in the future.


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