I had heard SO many overwhelmingly good reviews of this film, that I just HAD to see it to see if it was as good as everyone said.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer
Runtime: 124 Minutes
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
If you read or listen to literally any film related news at the moment you have at least heard about ‘The Invisible Man.’ Many people are going on about how its 2020’s first ‘good’ horror movie and how It’s one of the best horror movies they have seen in recent years and all that McGuffins. That is some pretty heavy-duty praise, so I was really hyped to see if it really lived up to those rumours. And while it wasn’t as mind blowingly amazing as some reviews I have seen, I can say without a doubt, that The Invisible Man is one heck of a great horror film.
After escaping an abusive relationship, Cecilia thinks she has left her troubled past behind her and is trying to move on with her life. The she finds out that her ex-boyfriend committed suicide and left her four million dollars. Pretty great right? Until she starts experiencing some pretty creepy things and becomes convinced that her ex never actually died and has developed a way to become invisible so he can continue to taunt her and no one will believe her.
Holy unreliable narrators Batman!! Elizabeth Moss does a truly phenomenal job in this film. She usually gives a great performance in everything she is in, but this is truly one of the best roles I have seen her in to date. It is hard to watch as we slowly see Cecelia descend into possible madness, even though we know that she isn’t crazy and that something terrible really is happening to her, it is hard not to get sucked it and start to believe that it could possibly me someone or something else. A sign of fantastic storytelling, to make the audience doubt their own eyes.
The way the film is shot is fascinating as well. Some shots are done as if we are Adrian, spying on Cecelia from around corners or behind obstacles, to enhance the feeling of her privacy being invaded and making us a part of it. Then other shots show seemingly harmless backgrounds where there is essentially nothing to actually see. Is Adrian standing there and we just can’t see him? Or are we as the audience getting swept up in Cecelia’s madness and seeing things that aren’t there? Amazing use of the camera and the space to get us really invested in the atmosphere. And what an atmosphere it was. This film was tense from it’s very opening scenes and did not let up at any point. I was a nervous wreak by the end.
The ending was the only thing that stopped this film being a five-star film for me. Without giving too much away, the big reveal at the end was an obvious misdirection, no one who had been paying attention for the first three quarters of the film could possibly fall for that. Then, are we really expected to believe that Cecelia could change into the suit, exact her revenge and then get changed back into her cocktail dress before James could make it to the front door? And whole not smudging her perfect lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair? No dice. The ending was the biggest let down here for me, a more ambiguous ending would have fitted better with the feel of the film.
Don’t let that put you off though. If you haven’t already, definitely go and see The Invisible Man out in UK cinemas NOW!