Random Questions – Post #3

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Random Question #3:

If you’ve seen commercials for the movie, “The Invisible Man,” does it look to anyone else like an extended metaphor for an abusive relationship?  Is this a good or a bad idea for a movie?

OK, this post may ultimately be a BIT less random. Still, I’m dying to discuss this with a broader audience.  To be fair, I have the feeling that many “Random Question” posts will be. 

Back to the topic. 

An unseen force terrorizes this woman – Cecilia, played by Elisabeth Moss – through out the ads for “The Invisible Man.”  Every image of her is an expression of anxiety, hyper-awareness, & (justified) paranoia that her tormentor is near.  Only no one can see him.

No one sees the person hurting her.  The person scaring her.  The person beating her.  The person calling her names.  They think she’s crazy.

What strikes me, to my core, was what my original thought was when I saw a commercial for “The Invisible Man.”  It was – “What an interesting take!  I never considered what it would look like if someone used the power of invisibility for evil.”

But… why not?  It seems to me that many people would think about spying on someone if they imagined what they’d do if they could become invisible.  Especially for people who struggle with hearing the word “no” from others.

My stomach dropped.  What passed for your average, beyond-the-realm-of-possibility horror film plot was a common reality for many people.  Someone has made me feel unsafe & “crazy” in the past.

So, what I originally thought was this “novel” take on a horror story was, in actuality, commonplace. 

But – does that make the horror more palpable?  Does it make it more real?  Does it make the scenes with Elizabeth Moss kicking butt & taking back her power more amazing?

Thoughts?  I’m dying to know what you think!


4 thoughts on “Random Questions – Post #3

  1. I honestly hadn’t thought of it as a metaphor for abusive relationships until I read this post. I think you’re right! Personally I’ll probably have to skip it since it hits a bit close to home with the metaphor, but I think it will be a good conversation piece if nothing else.

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    • That’s exactly what happened to me! Once I saw it, I couldn’t unsee it!

      I don’t think I’ll be seeing it either. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I know that’s what horror movies are supposed to do, but it was just unpleasant. 😥

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    • I would really like to hear your opinion. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can watch the movie as it just makes me too uncomfortable. (Not to mention I’m not a huge horror movie fan in the first place.)

      Maybe I’ll watch it – depending on your feedback. 🙂


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