Movies & TV

The Invisible Man (2020)

Considering that I am doing a film review today, it feels only fitting that I dedicate it to the memory of the late and great, Sir Sean Connery. Connery sadly passed away yesterday. He was perhaps best known for being James Bond, but he was known to me from a very young age from a lot of different movies. Indiana Jones, The Highlander and The Rock, just to name a few. He was a legend of the acting business, and even though it had been almost 20 years since his last film, his impact is still felt in cinema today.

The Invisible Man is a modern retelling of the novel (of the same name) that was written by famed science fiction author, H.G. Wells. It was released in February of this year, so I’m a fraction late to this party. I had to wait for it to come to a streaming service, as I am too cheap to rent a new release film. Thanks, Amazon!

Due to the COVID pandemic and the closure of a vast majority of theatres, The Invisible Man was released digitally, only 4 weeks after its initial release date. It continued to screen at drive-in theatres around the United States. I include this fact because I find it interesting that there are still so many drive-in theatres operating around the world. Awesome.

Originally, it was supposed to be a part of Universal’s “Dark Universe”, but due 2017’s The Mummy being deemed a failure (both critically and at the box office), this idea was canned. I liked The Mummy, but that could be because I have a crush on Tom Cruise. But we aren’t here to talk about that film. I only bring it up because its failure brought about the end of the shared universe idea that Universal was toying with. It feels that ever since Marvel did it, everyone is trying to make a shared universe. I like my movies to be separate! So, I’m glad this happened.

Back to The Invisible Man. As I mentioned, it is a modern retelling of the 1897 novel. I think it did a pretty incredible job of the story. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting much of this film. It could be because I am a huge fan of the “classic monster movies” like 1937’s The Invisible Man for instance. Great film. Whatever the cause for my low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It was awesome.

Both films are loose adaptions of the novel and it is hard to say which one is closest to the source material, but I would be tempted to say it is the 2020 film. They each did it their own way though and they each found success.

This film opens with Cecilia, escaping from her boyfriend, Adrian. She drugs him and makes her escape from the house and effectively ends their relationship. This leads to Adrian taking his own life and leaving her 5 million dollars of his trust fund.

However, all is not as it seems. Cecilia feels like she is being haunted by Adrian. She becomes convinced that he has faked his own death and is using his knowledge of optics to render himself invisible. It sounds crazy and everyone treats Cecilia as if she is being crazy. Fair enough, I suppose.

This is one of those movies that I don’t want to spoil too much of the plot. Even if you have no intention of watching it, you should go and watch it. Needless to say, the film continues down the path set from the above events, but I’m not going to talk about the plot anymore. Just go and watch it! It’s not too scary, don’t be a coward.

I’m not the only one who enjoyed this movie. I think it is fair to say that it was a huge success, both critically and financially. The film was made on a very small budget of just 7 million dollars and raked in over 130 million at the box office. Very impressive profit!

Critically, it has generally been well received. You can’t please everyone though. I thought it was great. It managed to be a classic horror/monster movie and, at the same time, it managed to highlight the horrors of an abusive relationship. I always say the scariest things in this world are the things that people do to one another.

The film was well acted and well written. There was no awful or forced dialogue. Everything felt like it flowed and nothing was forced. Elisabeth Moss was incredible in her role as Cecilia. Honestly, I can’t fault a single performance from anyone in this film. Everyone acted their roles perfectly. Has Adlis Hodge always been that jacked? He was huge! I am very jealous of his figure. I don’t remember him being that muscly in Straight Outta Compton. Michael Dorman turned in a strong performance. Oliver Jackson-Cohen, whom I recently saw in Bly Manor was great. Literally, everyone did a fantastic job.

I want to criticise the film for being too dark, and I mean that literally, not as a metaphor. In some of the scenes shot at night, I could not see anything at all! It looked awful. I don’t know if it is my TV (which is way overdue for an upgrade, it is on it’s last legs) or the filming. I’m going to blame my TV for this one.

The Invisible Woman is a spin-off film that is currently in the works, with Elizabeth Banks set to star, direct and produce. I imagine that will be a couple of years away still.

Even though this movie was written as a stand alone film and had a definitive ending, a sequel is currently being written by Leigh Whannell. Whannell wrote the screenplay and story for this movie as well. Horror movie buffs might recognise his name as one of the creative mind behind films like Saw and Insidious, both excellent films. I’m not sure if the sequel will come to fruition or not.

Alright, I’m out of here! I got things to do and you have a movie to watch. Once you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments!

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