Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Invisible Agent

Invisible Agent (1942)

Directed by:
Edward L. Marin
Written by: Curt Siodmak, 'suggested' by The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Starring: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Cedric Hardwicke, Peter Lorre, J. Edward Bromberg

The grandson of the original invisible man... I guess... is talked into using his magic potion to spy on the Germans and find out when the attck on New York is to take place.

As you can imagine, it is loaded with propaganda about how great the States were, and how idiotic the Germans were. Kind of ridiculous actually.

As usual, the FX were pretty good, but not enough to hold my attention. I found myself taking pictures of my cat before long, and playing with the settings on my camera. That was fun.

In short, I thought it was boring and it sucked. I thought the main lady (who was also the main lady in Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man. Hey hey) was treated appallingly, and the only people with convincing German accents were Ilona Massey and Peter Lorre (both of whom were Hungarian, the latter playing a Japanese guy (which confused me immensley)). And it was too much of a comedy. That was just annoying.

The other problem I had was with this Frank Griffen being the grandson of the original invisible man. As far as I could tell, he didn't have any kids. He was killed before he could get married, so unnless he had some bastard somewhere (which isn't entirely unlikely, though I don't see why his name would be Griffen).

Anyway, I didn't like it much. The constant plugging of the American armed forces really got on my nerves.

Wow. I've still got quite a bit of room left. I like to get up to about 2000 letters before I wrap things up, but I appear to have said all I have to say about the movie. I've only got 1746...


So did anyone watch Dr. Who last night? Best episode ever. I guess. Of the new batch, anyway. I haven't seen enough of the old stuff to really say. I thought that one with the lions was kind of cool though. Anyway, I like this new Dr. Who pretty good, though I kind of miss Christopher Eccleston. David Tennant's cute, too. Anyway, the episode last night had Shirley Henderson on it. She's cool.

There, that's long enough to keep me happy.


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