A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but cannot rid himself of the effect. Held up in an isolated village and spied on by the villagers, his attitude slowly changes and he becomes murderously insane.
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The more visible he becomes, the closer he comes to death. I love this movie for how irreverant it is about authority and the police; for how the main character is naked most of the time and constantly pointing it out; for how amazing the special effects are 83 years later. A wonderful movie
While the simple and blunt plot is meant to entertain, James Whale has something else up his sleeve: a gleefully macabre study of what Nietzsche called "superman"; someone society fears and destroys. Claude Rains is superb, intoning a performance based purely on voice inflection. And I can only imagine the sheer wonder 1933 audiences felt watching a man disappear in front of their very eyes. The power of cinema!
The style of acting in films is what really decides whether they date well or not, and "The Invisible Man" is creaky in places because of that; but the film remains hugely alluring because of Reins' gleeful rebellion against authority. Perhaps we love movies about (megalo)maniacs because deep down we believe their victims are getting what they deserve.
Hilarious and a little sad. The stuff of greatness. The addition of Gloria Stuart's character wasn't really necessary, but it's no big deal. I liked how Griffin murdered Kemp in a firey explosion; a welcome change from the novel.
Fantastic narration by James Whale from the equally great story by visionary writer H.G Wells. Veteran universal pictures craftsman John P. Fulton's visual effects are amazing, even for today's standards. Delightful parable about the corruption of power. The always outstanding Claude Rains incarnates (well, almost entirely with his voice) the scientist who uses his remarkable power to damage society.