The People have spoken. They had avoided the idea of another filmy universe when Universal Studio attempted to revive the common monster universe in the form of”The Dark Universe”. I was all for this idea because I thought it was important for people to rediscover these movies, but Universal did it completely wrong. Now that this idea has been preserved, you can continue as stand-alone films like The Invisible Man. If this Film has shown something, it is that the smaller the number of constraints and requirements for a creative project, the smaller the Schöpfer…na Yes, create.
I had a formula in my head about how I would play The Invisible Man, well, director Leigh Whannell took my expectations, stapled them to a brick and threw them at my window with a note saying “no.” This Movie is different from all the monster movies I’ve seen before, because it doesn’t look like a movie. There is no mad scientist who wants to play God, there are no Egyptian legends, just old realism with a sprinkling of Science Fiction thrown in for good measure. The story of The Invisible Man is a very personal story for our lead actress, Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss), who escapes an abusive relationship from her ex-boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and whether it’s the intention of the film or not, it talks a lot about these kinds of manipulative relationships and for someone in the audience, it can be too much or something therapeutic, so it’s quite complex.
Elisabeth Moss wears this film. This is one of her best performances to date, because her character Cecilia, who keeps the Film realistic, is very believable. It is clear in the early stages of the film that this character is going through a painful moment in his life, and he goes through all emotions early. You got them through torment, release and mental Manipulation in quick succession, so you know where this character is psychologically with ease.
With a psychological focus on understanding Cecilia, the Film finds fascinating ways to help us better understand how to make a deeper connection with her. This is no longer the matter with the opening sequence which is done with two lines of dialogue. The scene contains fantastic filmy elements that increase the tension and secret of the Situation, the follow-up recordings offer the audience the opportunity to move with the growing plot of the character and show each piece of methodical planning in the scene. It sets the Tone for the Film as a whole and never deviates from the initial surprise that accompanies the release, a well-adjusted rhythm increases the emotional tension of the audience.
The Film confuses you a lot and makes you believe that one thing is happening, but suddenly it goes in a completely different direction. It’s an extension of the previous point that I made about the fact that it’s not like a monster movie because you think you know what you’re getting into, but it’s something completely different and when that awareness happens, you’re pleasantly surprised and quickly you accept the change in perception.
But I think in some places in The Invisible Man, the Film takes its elements of tension to extremes, where you get distracted by the Moment. The soundtrack is one of these Elements. I notice a few places in the Film where the accumulated tension is accompanied by these loud, high-pitched noises that you would normally have to signal a surprise (as seen in jump Scares). However, these sounds come when there is nothing that can make you jump out of your seat, for example when Cecilia turns her head. The invisible man had to manage the volume of his soundtrack better, even if he knows how to use silence with great effect.
I also feel that the Film could have done more to explain the Sci-Fi element that accompanied Adrian’s background. Of course, we are not quite in the dark, there are some allusions to his work, wealth and a lot of information about his power, but I felt that a greater explanation was needed when we get into the Sci-Fi elements.
The Invisible Man marks an interesting transition away from the classic monster movie formula and makes it a personal and intelligent story. Elizabeth Moss’s Performance is something that everyone can admire and take away in this Film, as well as the commentary on manipulative relationships like this one. I encourage Universal’s new method of individual storytelling; that’s what’s needed for classic monsters to return. The invisible man is the kind of Film that becomes more and more intelligent with time and with several considerations, which will be easy for itself because it is so convincing.