Monday, October 19, 2020

Spook Out! Day 19 ~ The Invisible Man (2020)

IMDb Says...
"When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see."

I Say...
I listened to part of a podcast where one of the hosts complained that the movie was about a battered woman, not the invisible man, and to some extent he's got a point--I agree that this movie's more "about" her than it is "about" him. But, to paraphrase one of his co-hosts (a woman), the invisible man made himself felt in every frame of this movie--and I agree with her as well. Anyway, it's a reimagining, not a remake, of the 1933 film by Universal Pictures.

Horror Type...
Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Main Players...
Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass (She Gets Knocked Down but BOY, Does She Get Back Up Again!)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Adrian Griffin (The Titular Prick-Weasel)
Aldis Hodge as James Lanier (Hunky AF SFPD Detective)

I liked...
  • Elisabeth Moss' award-meriting work. DANG, GIRL!!!!! We're not shown what her character's boyfriend did to make her drug him so she could leave him in the dead of night, but she conveys PTSD so successfully that we don't need to see the abuse to believe it was brutal
  • how the movie starts with off-the-charts tension and doesn't let up till...well, it just doesn't let up!
  • that, though there's not really a lot of humor in this, there's one memorable line that made me bark a laugh, for which I was grateful
  • how cleverly Cecilia went about proving the improbable, even during moments of great duress
  • that they don't try to make a romance happen btw a woman recovering from an abusive relationship and the fella whose home's currently serving as her safehouse. They're good friends, and nothing else--well done!
  • Aldis Hodge's arms--they should *totally* get their own credits...

The Meh...
This sucker's, like, two hours long and--with respect--though there was tension throughout, after Cecilia left Adrian at the start of the movie, it kind of dragged for about an hour...till a *very* memorable restaurant scene (gave me chills!), after which the paced picked up and spanked along till the end. Still, that first hour!

Would I recommend it...?
It's a great thriller (after that first hour!) with a satisfying ending, but probably extremely triggering for anyone who's been stalked and/or in an abusive relationship. There are a few bloody bits, but they're quick. 

...but did I mention Aldis Hodge's arms???

My Grade: B+ (the + is for Aldis Hodge's arms)
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=91%, Audience Score=88%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched The Invisible Man on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other streaming platforms)

This concludes Day 19 of

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow...



  1. I vaguely remember this being promoted. I don't, however, remember seeing Aldis Hodge's arms. Woof!


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