H. G. Wells is seen as one of the forefathers of modern literature. His works span the likes of The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds, books that have seen countless adaptations across radio, tv, and film. The Invisible Man (2020) is another adaptation of an H. G. Wells novel and the Elisabeth Moss-starring horror movie is now one of the most-watched films on free streaming via IMDB TV. That comes as no surprise as it is widely regarded as one of Moss’ best films.
Elisabeth Moss’ The Invisible Man (2020) is the latest in a long line of films that are based on the iconic novella. Over a dozen films have riffed off of H. G. Wells’ 1897 words. Before Moss’ inclusion in the list, the most successful of these adaptations came in The Invisible Man (1933). The 1933 film directed by James Whale and produced by Universal Pictures was one of many monster movies that defined the 1930s such as King Kong (1933) and Frankenstein (1931) which was also directed by Whale. The Invisible Man (1933) also went on to spawn several sequels and spin-offs culminating in six picture franchise between 1933 and 1951. The 2020 adaptation was part of Universal’s plan to revive their monster franchise of yesteryear, while other films in this enterprise had a dismal effect (see The Mummy), Director Leigh Whannel’s The Invisible Man (2020) struck a positive chord among many. The trailer for the horror phenom can be seen below.
That spine-tingling trailer shows off Elisabeth Moss in full-blown horror movie star mode. Moss stars as Cecilia Kass, who after escaping the clutches of her abusive ex Adrian Griffin, becomes convinced that the now presumed dead Griffin has turned himself invisible and is using this power to terrorize her. This perfectly encapsulates H. G. Wells’ original novella, where the titular character goes by the name of Griffin and uses his invisibility for sinister purposes. The 2020 adaptation puts Moss’ Kass at the center and grounds itself in the reality of the 21st century by shining a light on important social issues in the form of abusive relationships, stalking, and voyeurism.
The 21st-century update made by Elisabeth Moss and director Leigh Whannel went down as an absolute hit critically. According to critic aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film boast a mightily impressive consensus score of 92% from a colossal 416 reviews. In what is sometimes seen as a rare occurrence, audiences are aligned with critics on Rotten Tomoates as well, giving the film an audience score of 88% based on over 10000 ratings. The general consensus is that the film is well worth watching. The proof comes in the fact that two years after its release, The Invisible Man (2020) is proving a hit for IMDB TV’s streaming audiences.
Many notable critics have had promising words to say about The Invisible Man (2020), among them is Adam Nayman at The Ringer, who said; “A thriller whose mandate is to startle its audience with surface-level shocks while simultaneously subverting expectations in a deeper way, dropping us out of our comfort zone toward some sunken place.” Another critic who shined a positive light on both the film and Elisabeth Moss’ performance was Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal who said; “Leigh Whannell’s film is ingenious, frequently scary, and a Grand Guignol tour de force for Ms. Moss.”
It is no surprise that this material and Elisabeth Moss ended up producing a quality movie. The actress’ impressive back catalog most notably features her central role in Hulu’s smash-hit The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian drama where women live in a punishing society as second-class citizens, punished and abused. Elisabeth Moss will also be known to many for her appearances in another TV series hit, Mad Men, as Peggy Olsen. The Invisible Man (2020) is one of several films that Moss has gone on to star in, forging a successful film career to match her television exploits. Moss has appeared in the likes of High Rise, The Square, and The French Dispatch. In 2022 Moss has made a return to television in Shining Girls on Apple TV+ as an attack survivor who learns a recent murder is linked to her assault and goes on a journey to confront her turbulent past.
So the past and present look bright for The Invisible Man’s (2020) leading lady Elisabeth Moss. The future looks bright also for Moss, who has a whole host of upcoming projects to her name, among them is director Barry Levinson’s Francis and the Godfather, a feature film that looks behind the making of one of cinema’s greatest films. Moss will be portraying Eleanor Coppola in the film.