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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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!
Claude has a Whale of a time as the scientist who discovers how to make himself transparent before running amok and vowing to use his power to rule the world in this version of H.G. Wells' famous story, a picture that Rains supreme as the best adaptation of the oft-filmed novel! State of the art (for its time) trick photography and suitably atmospheric direction results in a superior and fun science-fiction picture..
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.
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