While I did appreciate my experience, The Invisible Man is not devoid of criticism. Most of the problems I had with it come from its leaps in logic. There are basic situations where the explanation given by the film is not satisfactory in the moment. These were done to keep audiences on their toes and drive suspense, though all attempts at that fall flat if you don't buy it. What makes this problem notable is that its a recurring problem throughout the movie's runtime. So if it doesn't work the first time, then it probably will continue to fail until the end.
As stated above, The Invisible Man is actually a good time at the theater. While it's not for the whole family, it is something a little more mature for audiences that are craving content in this weird time. The best part is probably Elizabeth Moss, who plays the main character; her performance and ability to sell the scenes is what makes it all come together. It won't be nominated for anything come awards season, but I wouldn't be surprised if some bring it up for their personal favorites at the end of the year.
Some joke about invisible or something
It all comes together with the production design. You can see a lot of the money on screen as the different locations feel adequately dressed. Even the suits had an air of realism to them, something that usually doesn't happen in sci-fi movies. For some of these types of pictures, the CGI can be the weakest part with some low-quality stuff. But the VFX and all of that never looked bad. A large part of that success can be attributed to the dark setting, but that's an advantage.
Not everything was perfect as editing and story suffered multiple times, whether that included cuts that obfuscated characters doing actions, or glossing over details. That compounded with characters not having motivations other than trying not to die. Usually, there are subplots to give people depth, which causes you to hope for their survival, something that is absent here. The cherry on top was the decision to kill the black guy first. That is a little bit of a spoiler, but it's such a crazy decision that I had to point it out.
Overall, Underwater was watchable. If you find yourself needing something to see in theaters, then this could be it. I think that Kristen Stewart carries the film as the most interesting person involved. With its fairly derivative story, it's familiar but still rallies at the end. It's undoubtedly the best January horror movie I've seen.
I want the jacket that Kristen Stewart wears from the trailer
An area of the movie that is not great is the story. The trailers led you to believe a situation is happening to a family, this I have no problem with. I went to go see a movie about creepy clones attacking normal people and instead I got... hand holding. Everything about the movie is great until you reach the end of the second act. At that moment, it asks the audience to provide a reason for the events happening. It was here that the story starts to unravel, but I was still enjoying it. My complete disappointment did stem from the fact that there were no real answers given. Jordan Peele has admitted that he doesn't have any answers for the questions he presented, nor does the story really represent anything.
I have to give a big shout out to "I Got 5 On It", the song for the trailer, acting as the theme song for the movie. I always love when a movie has an anthem, and since the song was played multiple times, it definitely fulfilled its role. So great choice even deciding for this movie to have one.
One aspect of the movie I thought we had gotten over in the film industry is stupid people in horror movies. Get Out had a little bit of this, but there is so much of this here. There were so many moments I wondered why characters did things that shouldn't be done when someone is trying to kill you. There were also many instances where the attackers didn't kill the victims when they were actively trying to murder. In this respect, the movie felt padded out annoying.
Us proves that Jordan Peele is a capable director, able to come up with interesting ideas. His presentation is clean and is able to get great actors to provide amazing performances. One of my favorite things that it's not immediately noticeable is that the father in this movie is played by Winston Duke, M'Baku from Black Panther. Other than some pretty annoying aspects, this is a good enough movie.
The twist is basically useless
The one area where Halloween (2018) fails tremendously is in the horror department; it plays more like a limited action movie rather than a slasher film. This isn’t to say Michael Myers does not murder a lot of people in the movie, but the murders lack tension making each death feel like a popcorn moment. The movie makes a point to reference the first film where Michael kills five people; in the current movie, he kills at least double that amount to little fanfare. The majority of his victims are unimportant, random extras that elicit no reaction from the audience. When he finally threatens the main characters, I believed they were not in any real danger.
Other than the lack of tension and overall scariness, the movie is a mixed bag. There were plenty of well framed shots that made great use of lighting and some really great ideas in the movie that made it shine. However, those moments were weighed down by dialogue that felt dated and cliche relationships that Hollywood should have left behind.
Halloween (2018) wasn’t the scary movie I paid to see and it suffered for it. People wanted to be scared on a trip down nostalgia lane and good lighting won’t change their minds. If you really need to see a scary movie for Halloween, this might not scratch that itch. There is nothing that makes this movie a must see in theaters, though it’ll make a perfect rental down the road if you want to hear that theme song again.
That theme song though