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"Invisible Man 2020" - A Return To Form For Universal



I went into the theater ready to see the 2020 adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" with expectations, I won't lie. I knew the reviews were great, and being a fanatic for the Universal Monsters era, I wanted perhaps more than it could potentially offer.
To my delight it gave me all I wanted. The opening sequence (as I try not to spoil anything) had the feel of a Universal Monster movie in a modern setting. I was actually quite shocked at how well they were able to capture that classic feel in a modern setting.
From that point on I was ready for an instant classic. And that's what I think Universal gave me.
It's been a long time coming. Over the years they've had some films from the properties that were fantastic (Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 retelling "Bram Stoker's Dracula) and Kenneth Branagh's 1994 retelling of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), at least fun ("Van Helsing" and the Brendan Fraser "Mummy" films) to disappointing ("Dracula Untold" and the 2017 Tom Cruise reboot). But I didn't expect a Universal Monster movie to capture the essence of the classic era like this.
It's probably the best from the Universal Monsters franchise since 1979's "Dracula," starring Frank Langella.
Even though the attempt to revive the Dark Universe failed initially, I was still ready to root for it's success. I always will.
And thanks to Leigh Whannell's brilliant take on the Invisible Man story, focusing on domestic possession and the post traumatic stress that follows, it brought the Era of Gods and Monsters to the modern era.
An amazing film and like every other Invisible Man film that preceded it, a cool magic trick.




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