The Invisible Man (2020)

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Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) has recently left her abusive boyfriend, when she finds out he has died. But in her newfound freedom, she can’t help but feel haunted and she suspects that this is her dead boyfriend’s doing.

The Invisible Man is part of the classic monster line-up. I haven’t seen much of the classic monster films aside from Nosferatu. But I believe that this iteration of The Invisible Man is a great update that fits excellently in today’s time.

The most effective thing a horror movie can do is keep you in suspense, and The Invisible Man easily accomplishes this because you can’t see when and where the villain is coming. The film doesn’t rely solely on jump scares, but instead instills an overall sense of dread and worry for Cecila.

Poor Cecilia is living through absolute hell in this movie. She is just starting to move on with her life, but can’t. She is rightfully paranoid that her boyfriend will come back for her, after she escapes him, and when he does and no one believes her. They think she’s spiraling from the abuse she has faced.

The abusive relationship aspect of the film isn’t necessarily new for monster movies, but I can’t think of one where it’s more clearly stated. Abusive aspects in other monsters like Dracula tend to be a bit more metaphorical. Dracula drinks blood, and that can be seen as an intimate (or even sexual) act, however they do so without consent. And in some iterations vampires are able to control people’s minds. The Invisible Man highlights what goes on in a modern day abusive relationship and how you don’t need special powers to be able to control someone.

I did get some Offred (The Handmaid’s Tale) vibes from Elisabeth Moss here. Both characters are similar in that they have suffered greatly, but they are also clever and resourceful. I’ve mostly seen Moss in TV shows, but this film proves that she can easily be a leading lady on the big screen too.

There was an already failed attempt to reboot classic monsters movies with Universal. However, with horror production companies like Blumhouse being involved with The Invisible Man, I wouldn’t mind seeing another go at it. Updating the classic monsters into modern times while retaining the horror that makes these creatures so monstrous is a great way to re-introduce these icons into the world again.

So overall, The Invisible Man is an enjoyable horror film that features a great performance by Moss and will keep you in suspense for almost the whole run-time.

I give The Invisible Man a B+

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