Hospitality: Familiar Plot, Intriguing Premise, Lacks Innovation
Director(s): Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo
Writer(s): Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Release Format: Streaming
Running Time: 1 hr 20 min
A woman with a checkered past must protect her son when a man brings trouble to her isolated bed and breakfast.
Jim Beaver……The Boss
Hospitality is a Thriller that follows Donna and her son, Jimmy, who has a troubled past. They run a Bed & Breakfast to make ends meet. However, not without the dominant supervision of Hirsch, the Sherrif of the town, who has started a mysterious affair with Donna. This production provides exhilarating characters with provocative relationships that more elaborate backstories can explain
Hospitality has a plot that’s seen countless times before. It’s the movie that would be a Lifetime original feature. The not-so-innocent man or woman, who has a curious past they are running from and end up intertwined with the wrong people. This is a premise that’s refurbished over many times. The only thing changed is the cast.
Yet, this premise is presently exhilarating. People with troubled pasts will be a subject of intrigue because the story is in the people and the past. Here is where the film has the opportunity and potential to conjure a path that steers from other like-minded productions. Nick Chakwin and David Guglielmo do not take advantage of this opportunity.
Innovation in cinema entertainment is low. Even more-so in Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller cinema. Hospitality deems itself a Thriller, yet it lacks a lot of thrills. The story build lingers on boredom with one intense event that is the highlight of the entire production.
The cast is a saving grace with some well-known faces in the genre, yet; the performances are semi-decent for the roles. Character portrayal in cinema is important. An actor must take full ownership of their roles and offer a portrayal that is sufficient to intimidate the audience. This creates that audience-character connection.
This is a prime example of an actor being “made” for a certain role. We see Emanuelle Chriqui, who is no stranger to cinema, who did great in her role in Rob Schmidt‘s Wrong Turn. She takes on a different, more in-depth identity in Hospitality, but the character portrayal hits neutral on the grand spectrum. Top these portrayals to a semi-existent under-story, and you have this production with half the stamina.
The subtle background score adds a heightened intimate vibe that fits the tone of the production well. Background scores, if used, are a vital component to the puzzle, and can also make or break a production when you focus on its significant purpose. This goes overlooked many times.
Hospitality has a familiar plot, but a rich premise that can develop more. The characters’ backstories can shed more light through elaboration on the story build. Background score adds to the overall tone of the production.