Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Every time I need to listen to something as I go to sleep, I turn on The Invisible Man: Special Edition on Netflix. The film's star is Claude Rains, he is my favorite invisible man because he inhabits his character. He lives and breathes Griffin, he understands the fear this character has and also the lust for power. The theatrical way he reads his lines matches the larger than life attitude the invisible man feels, he believes he is more than human, a god, "Even the moon is frightened of me!". The physical way he acts, one side of the man is trying to hold onto his sanity, you can see him rock back and forth trying to remain sane but then slowly slipping back into madness with the power he holds over the lives of men. The inner struggle is always mesmerizing to watch.

Also the look of this invisible man in this film has always fascinated me, the medical tape rapped around his head, the surgical gloves, and the robe all make perfect sense for Griffin's thinking. It's mysterious looking yet not threatening which is what he wants people to believe.

I could go on and on about this movie or you can watch it yourself, I will warn you that the rest of the actors in this movie are also highly theatrical, almost ridiculous for the purpose of being funny. And some of the villagers lines and the doctors lines are also completely ridiculous, I openly laugh while listening to it because what they say is so obvious that they don't need to say anything. I can't tell if they're making fun of the writing from the book or if it was because or the time the movie was filmed in. For whatever reason you may believe this film is bad you would not be able to blame any of it on the invisible man, Claude Rains, my first choice of invisible man, my second choice would of course be Vincent Price but my love for his invisible man is just to listen to his voice also he is typically known for understanding the darker characters.

There are so many things I can say about this invisible man...

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