Well, well, well what can I say? This film is extremely well made! It has all of the elements that make up a good film and really carried the tension, mystery and emotional attachment throughout. The use of and lack of sound has really played a role in this movie as well as some unique perspective camera angles. The tension is created using silence which really does make you feel on edge. The lack of sound really does bring an unsettling feeling to viewers throughout and helps create an emotional and personal feel to what the character is going through. Sympathy and empathy play a huge role within this film, making you really feel strong about what the main protagonist is going through.
Being someone who is huge in mental health and wellbeing, this film had parts that were extremely unsettling and upsetting If I’m completely honest. My understanding of detaining people who are struggling really made me feel emotional during some of the more manic sections of the lead characters experience.
Connecting you to the main protagonist is a tool they use with camera angles and perspectives. The cinematography is a key element and is used throughout the film to get the audience thinking. The camera angles pan in first person perspective and pause on empty rooms for a length of time that is used purely for effected tension making you think there is something there when actually there isn’t. It’s a really good way to build up the viewers walls in making them feel there is going to be a jump scare and then leading them to a false sense of security before the movie gets into full swing!
The film started in such a tense way making me feel on edge immediately. Sneaking, silence and confusion all added up to a very hooking beginning for The Invisible Man. It was slow starting and very mysterious but did a great job in making me want to know more. It was weirdly realistic and raw which made it more and more relatable on top of Cecelias’ desperation, fears and constant anxiety. It started it in a way where you questioned her mental health, her situation and really try to think about what is actually happening in reality. It doesn’t set a clear path to the films story or ending which is great as it leaves audience wanting to know where the story will go.
The film was full of twists, turns and “What the actual fuck?” moments where you think “Can this get much more messed up?”. It is completely filled with desperation from the main protagonist as well as the audience who I’m assuming like me will be purely on Cecelias side. Her agony really comes through and the actress does an amazing job at it! As I said in the ‘Beginning’ section the film at parts leads you into a false sense of security. You really do go on a roller coaster ride with the characters and see many parts of each persons personality, emotions, deceit and brainwash. It’s in two words ‘Fucked up’, excuse my language but they really are the words to describe this film.
The events that occur make the audience feel a sense of hopelessness and pure doom and dread for the fate of Cecelia and the story. It is so uncomfortable in some parts as you are the only ones as well as Cecelia who know what’s actually going on and makes you feel you want to go into the screen and bitch slap some of the people in it but on saying that you also carry a burdened thought of potentially not having the correct idea as to what’s happening and question your own thoughts on what is happening. It’s a very mentally and emotionally involving film and one I would highly class as a psychological thriller. I was hugely questioning the ending and what it would turn out like as part of me thought that it may not be what it seems.
The film really drags you into feeling it is a long process. It’s agonising for Cecelia and really does pull on your heart strings making you feel you just want the situation to be over. I thought throughout it “She may as well just fly off the rails and become bat shit crazy” because of events leading up to and happening throughout. I kind’ve felt like it wouldn’t matter what happened, she would always be the one to fall short.
The ending was quite literally insane. You question yourself until right at the very end! It’s a great ending unlike a lot of films lately. I’m hyper critical of endings as I think they make up the films atmosphere and greatness overall so I was pleasantly surprised at this one. It was like a perfect cadence; It just felt right and was an ending you could walk away from and feel satisfied with, for me anyway. As well as being a satisfying ending, it also left things open to think about, talk to your fellow film watchers about and also come up with theories and questions which I think is always good after a good film. Leaving food for thought is a good element of a film.
Overall it was a great film and the storyline was unique, enticing and completely absorbing! I’d recommend giving this film a watch purely for the rollercoaster emotional journey you go through with the main character. It’s on of the best films I’ve watched the last few years.