Occasionally, horror film director John Carpenter breaks from his genre and creates a simple little gem. Starman (a little too saccharine for my tastes), is one that managed to endear most audiences. Memoirs of an Invisible Man is another. Chevy Chase, in a role that demands more of him than his usual Vacation movie roles, is turned invisible. Like Terminator 2, the story suggests some interesting visual effects. Smoking, eating, stripping, and spray paint all pose interesting challenges for the special effects department. This film was praised for its groundbreaking special effects, but Carpenter’s story and wide-screen compositions also contribute to a better-than-average, enjoyable movie.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man**1/2
published September 4, 2000