Elisabeth Moss stars as Cecilia Kass in this modern re-telling of the H.G. Wells classic, The Invisible Man.
And it is a must-see. Here are my top three reasons why.
3. It’s A Welcome and Timely Update
Originally intended to be part of Universal’s Dark Universe, which was supposed to start with the critical and box office failure The Mummy (2017), The Invisible Man is now just a stand-alone film based on the 1900s H.G. Wells novel and adapted film series in the 1930s to 1950s.
And from what I saw, the 2020 version is a welcome update to the novel and film it was based on. The writing effectively merged this classic with the modern world with relevant technology and social issues.
2. Elisabeth Moss
With already a Golden Globe Award under her name for her role as Offred in the award-winning drama based on the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss shows us exactly why she should be recognized as one of the best actresses of her generation. Her portrayal of protagonist Cecilia Kass is just on-point I think she should be nominated for an acting award.
Yeah, I know, these types of movies do not typically get the attention of award-giving bodies, but they should make an exception for Moss’ Cecilia Kass. Acting with someone or something that’s not seen is strange, but she made it work. Her work on this film, to me, is on the same level as her work on The Handmaid’s Tale (if not better).
1. Simplicity is Beauty
Writer/Director Leigh Whannell adapted this H.G. Wells classic successfully by keeping his style simple yet modern, but the thrills and scares are impressively effective and more than enough to give even the hardcore thriller fans a good jolt.
Whannell masterfully made wide empty spaces more terrifying than many monster films out there. The movie will kind of make you feel like you really are up against something that you cannot see, and I was so impressed by how effective the direction was.
Who knows, if The Invisible Man becomes a box office success (which I know it will) maybe the Dark Universe will continue after all. Or this could be a start of a new Invisible Man (or Woman) franchise. Either way, I’ll be down for it.
Skip or Watch?
Need I say more? I just listed down three of the reasons why I liked the film and allow me to repeat, it’s a must-see.
Surely, it’s not perfect. I was kind of bummed with some of the scenes where I found it a little too dark to see and it wasn’t deeply explained how “invisibility” works.
But the writing is cleverly relevant and up-to-date and Elisabeth Moss’ award-worthy performance as the tormented protagonist Cecilia Kass is something to watch out for. And there is always beauty in simplicity. Also, be sure to stick until the end for that killer final scene which leaves the door wide open for a lot of opportunities.
Here’s hoping a sequel would happen soon.
Anybody else wants to see Elisabeth Moss return as “The Invisible Woman”?
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