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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Invisible Man

27 February, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

LET us all stop for a moment and raise our hats, glasses or anything else that is close to hand to the extraordinary talent of a man who was born when Queen Victoria was on the throne and died in Regent’s Park before Queen Elizabeth’s coronation – yet whose work is still so fresh, so scary, so relevant that he still inspires filmmakers.

The writer in question is the great HG Wells, whose output of novels, short stories, social commentary and essays over a 60-year period is immense.

How he had time to give us such a body of work feels unreal, almost the stuff of fiction itself.

This week, a new version of his story, The Invisible Man, hits our screens – and has been updated for today. Starring Elisabeth Moss (pictured), it tells the story of a woman who flees an abusive husband.

She learns he has taken his own life – but then believes he perhaps hasn’t done so, but instead has become invisible…

Alongside Jules Verne, Wells is truly the originator of sci-fi: a man whose incredible imagination and wonderful talent for bringing his thoughts alive echo down the decades.

There have been 20 other adaptations for cinema of The Invisible Man, 11 of the War of The Worlds (not including the recent BBC TV three-parter) and scores of other versions of his books.

This latest take is a clever way of making his tale relevant to a whole new audience – and shows that his work is still masterful and touches on the hopes and fears of everyone.


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