I remember that I really liked the concept of “Mr. Hyde” from “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!”, and how he had to drink a potion to transform into that building jumper monster! You have seen that character in so many stories, from the Looney Tunes to movies like The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Hellsing, but I finally understood the character and its origin by reading the actual story.
The same will happen with “The Invisible Man”. We have probably “not” seen this man (haha such a nice joke) also in the “The League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen” and in “Hotel Transylvani”, but do we know the origin and who this person really is? Why and how did he become invisible? Was it because of love and revenge? Or was it merely for the sake of science?!
This year, 2020, the British classic of “The Invisible Man” is being adapted to the screen with a more psychological and modern turn! H. G. Wells, who immersed himself and all his readers back in the 1800s and 1900s into the possibilities and impossibilities of sci-fi, wrote the story of “The Invisible Man”, a scientist who discovers the formula and the secrets on how to become invisible while slowly descending into madness!
A highly thrilling and exciting movie that made me jump and scream at the movie theater. Although I have not read the book or even listen to the audiobook, how dare I!, I still find the movie to be incredible good. The approach of the “hysteria” of the main character, Cecilia, and her slow decent into madness. As she sees all her life falling apart in front of her eyes, the story moves fast and builds into the intriguing element of the invisible entity that hunts her day.
Even though, the characters are not as developed beyond the thrilling story we see on the screen. We are able to see Cecilia’s light background and heavy spine which is clearly needed to survive the most crazy and violent events of her life. Sadly enough, she was victim of clear violence, at multiple levels, that prepare her to find justice at all cost.
I still wish to read the book and might try to find the Penguin Classic version with the incredible essays that provide such deep insights into the late Victorian and into Wells’ writing and life.
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