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The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell, 2020) wr. Leigh Whannell; Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer
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.
GG: I couldn't get into this. I don't like the look of Elisabeth Moss (hated The Handmaid's Tale) and so didn't care about her character, and as the whole thing hangs on that ...
I've never liked horror films - if that what this is - so I guess I'm prejudiced. The critics seemed to like it.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 92% of 144 reviews of the film were positive with an average rating of 7.52/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight." Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times commented that Moss' performance "gives the movie its emotional stakes" and wrote that "while her agony can be unnerving, it is even more shivery when her weeping stops and this horror-movie damsel in distress becomes a threat." Writing for The A.V. Club, Jesse Hassenger gave the film a B+, also praising Moss' performance and the film's centering of her character's experience. Alison Willmore from Vulture commented about the effectiveness Moss' facial expressions and said that she "has established herself as an empress of the onscreen breakdown, our lady of ruined eye makeup..." Patrick Cavanaugh of ComicBook.com gave 4/5 stars, and wrote that Whannell made "an experience that is both effective as a full-blown horror film and as a chilling reminder of the abuse one can suffer from a supposed loved one."
Conversely, Nicholas Barber from BBC gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, claiming that "the latest remake of the HG Wells tale offers a timely feminist spin – but it's lacking in thrills." He criticized the film's vagueness, concluding that: "At a time when small-scale horror movies can be as stunning as A Quiet Place and Get Out, a film as perfunctory as The Invisible Man feels insulting".
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