The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man ★★★½

The Invisible Man was the first movie in my James Whale double bill yesterday and it made me realize just how good of a director he was. The early Universal monster movies, like Dracula and to a lesser extent Frankenstein, while still fun, felt a bit like stage plays but I didn’t have that feeling with The Invisible Man. 
The story, like Frankenstein before it, is basically a cautionary tale about a man going to far with science but I liked just how menacing The Invisible Man was here. Sure, there’s a lot of silly stuff here, like him throwing a hat of someone’s head and him stealing a bike, but Claude Rains gives the character a real sinister side, which I was pleasantly surprised by.
Some of the acting is a bit dodgy, but thats to be expected from a film from the 1930’s, but where the film shines is its visuals. The effects are pretty well done for the time and I was actually impressed with some of the things they managed to pull of at the time.
The film is only 68 minutes long and it flies by pretty quick. The Invisible Man definitely ranks among my favorite entries in the Universal monsters series. Give it a chance because it’s a lot of fun.

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