Griff the Invisible
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.
This is the opening quote of Griff the Invisible, a movie that truly walks on both sides of the line of illusion and reality. I have been meaning to watch Griff for about six months now I think, but have never gotten around to it until tonight. I was intrigued by the synopsis on the box for this one. “Griff, a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night”. Loyal readers may remember that I really enjoyed Super, so I was anxious to see another movie along that line. I did enjoy Griff the Invisible, but not for the reasons I thought I would. I was expecting Griff (Ryan Kwanten) to be a more humorous character than he was, instead I found most of the laughs came from the supporting cast of Griff’s brother Tim (Patrick Brammall) and love interest Melody (Maeve Dermody). Griff delivers a strong script that ranges from black, exaggerated comedy to romance and eventually into more serious territory.
By day, Griff is a very meek, mild mannered office worker. Bullied by a co-worker, pressured by his brother to live a normal life, and living in depressed obscurity, Griff meets Melody, who is having similar struggles and pressures to live a normal life. Both characters enjoy a fuzzy version of their own realities, and how both science and the people in the world around them work. Melody is a very strong character and I wanted to see more of Maeve Dermody on the screen each time her character left. Melody represents the fantasy world VS real world issues better then Griff who seems to be stuck in the fantasy world. Griff himself becomes almost a boring character and actually made me lose interest at certain, slower moving parts of the film, that were only rescued when Melody would return.
Griff has a mysterious back-story that is only hinted at by his brother, and we are left to guess why this man lives in his fantasy world; but I think we can safely assume that he has played superhero before. As the film progresses it becomes clear that most of the super hero things happening around Griff only exists in his fantasy world. Near the end, it turns out that Griff actually wants to live in this fantasy world out of his own choosing, and so does Melody.
One thing that I did pick up on throughout Griff the Invisible, was the quirky but perfectly suitable soundtrack for the film. This film is Australian, and uses some local talents, not only for the cast but for the music as well. I personally really liked Lenka’s song “Trouble is a Friend”; and several songs by Kids at Risk, another Australian band.
The one thing that Griff the Invisible shows us is that there is nothing wrong with being “weird”. Griff and Melody are perfect for each other because they’re so “weird” and don’t have to worry about being “normal” like everybody else. If I may close with another great quote from the film:
You look at the stars and you see infinity. You look into a microscope and you see infinity, and right in the middle of those two extremities, perched on a balance beam, is us. Life.
Views like this rather sum up Griff the Invisible, and the balance between reality and fantasy; normal and abnormal.