When it comes to Thriller, and not the Michael Jackson song mind you, these films can hold a wide range of quality from boring and lame, to the most engaging film of the year. As such, I could not help but hold skepticism when I saw the massive amounts of advertising for tonight’s film. A film about the infamous monster movie, this Dark Universe turned stand-alone film looked to have potential, especially given the lead actress. Yet, Blumhouse studio’s last film did not quite succeed like it wanted and once again returned to the theater to see if this film has the pizazz the hype is being granted. Check in folks as I review:
Film: The Invisible Man (2020)
- The Realism
- Great Pace
- Great Camerawork
- Creative Tactics
- Use Of Good Sound Effects/Editing
- The Climax Is Great
- The Emotional Connection To the Main Character
- The Acting
- No Backstory/Rich Background
- A Little Fake Looking At Times
- Trailers Have Shown Lots Of Things, while Still holding More
- Predictable for me
- An Angle That Does Not Make Sense
The movie is taking a monster movie concept and bending the tale to become a much more dramatic thriller. Like a great mini-series, Invisible Man manages to take the movie magic of the original tale and add a little more realism to it to help group more people in. And it is that realism that makes so much of the rest of my likes really pop out for this movie. A major selling point of the film is the suspense, and boy does it deliver on this aspect through the use of so many thing. Whannell and her crew create a very tense atmosphere from the start of the movie to the end, never letting up on trying to keep you at the edge of the seat. My friend and I agreed the pace was great, a constant moving ride of one woman contesting her sanity with the supposed reality, and never stopping in its quest to keep you engaged. Very good camerawork helps amplify the feelings of a stalker in the midst and fighting the feeling of being alone despite the safety of the light. Using other creative tactics such as varying environments, the illusion of safety, and other coy maneuvers to bring the manipulation of the invisible man to full light. Throw in the use of fantastic sound editing, or in this case absence of sound editing and you fully get caught up in the atmosphere of fighting the paranoia and chaos of the real world. Once the Climax hits, the movie only further amplifies all these maneuvers, yet moves the tale to several new acts that keeps the story entertaining and interesting, yet rounding the tale to completion. And through it all, the main character is surprisingly amazing to latch on to, the emotional investment granting you empathy and rooting for her to find a break in the case. Much of this has to do with the acting of the cast, Moss once again unleashing her amazing potential in this character. She has these roles down pat, from the borderline sanity and screaming, to the strong woman ready to take charge. The character design, alongside her performance succeeds in making a strong, central pillar to which much of the movie weighs on. The rest of the crew does their job right of course, but I need to move on to the dislikes.
My friend and I both agreed that the movie’s simplistic backstory is a little disappointing, especially in terms of the secondary characters. While it was certainly for time purposes, I believe some extra time to background build up only would have further strengthened the character and helped get the rest of the cast involved more thoroughly in the film. Past this point though, the movie’s component that is a minor flaw is the fake looking effects that sometimes arise. Understanding, it is not the main theme, the movie does sometimes draw into the fake looking special effects, that still fit for the film, but not the smoothest at times. Past that minor flaw, the movie’s next component that got me was the predictability of the film. Now for me, I’ve had plenty of experience to see foreshadowing and allusion to what is coming next, so using that and much of what the trailers have revealed I got most of the twists of this movie. My friend though stated not remembering most of the trailers and did not pick up on some of the predictable parts, and stated that if you have not been bombarded by the trailers you should have no problem dodging much of the predictability. As for me though, I had most of the suspenseful moments toned down because I had a good guess of what was coming next. Yet, the part that got me near the end though was a concept the movie takes to geniously start the next bout of thrills and get the excitement turned up. Yet, that concept should have been consistent and if you review the scenes and realize Cecelia’s advantage should have remained said advantage, but then gets warped in a nonsensical way was a little irritating for me. Lost in the moment and seeing the next approach to threatening, it helps soften the blow, but the logic does not have to drop for the sake of keeping the thrills.
In all honesty, the movie was awesome on so many levels. An engaging character leads this thrilling, fast paced adventure, where a realistic approach helps to give this monster flick a much deserved repaint. Using fantastic camera and sound editing, alongside creative approaches to keeping the thrills coming only further amplifies this film’s successful goal of entertaining, with plenty of rewatchability for this reviewer. And throw in the amazing character and acting to bring her to life and you will find the movie succeed on many levels to bring life into this genre. However, the lack of backstory is something I really longed for to help give more layers to a few of the characters, and the computer graphics to help show the threat could have sued some touching up. Alongside the predictability and inconsistent advantage twist, these two components were the weakest aspect of the movie, and for once I would have loved some extra time to iron things out and make it perfect. Overall though, this movie is a fantastic flick with rewatchability and definitely worth a trip to the theater with a group or by yourself.
My scores for the film are:
Movie Overall: 7.5