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Griff the Invisible


I’ve said it before in this space and I’ll say it again: Who’s to say what is considered normal? It is a completely objective phenomenon, like time, that has become “agreed upon” by the majority of society. Granted, this normality changes from culture to culture, but generally there is a uniform sense of what is normal and most of the time, it does not include dressing up like a superhero or attempting to pass through walls.

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Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is an extreme introvert struggling to adapt to “normal” life in the office due to middle school level bullying. Luckily for him, he created a superhero-Griff who patrols the streets at night telling crooks and criminals to stay away. His brother, Tim (Patrick Brammall) is Griff’s only friend or visitor after he moved closer to his troubled younger brother. When Tim starts dating Melody (Maeve Dermody), Griff’s life is turned upside down as he finally meets someone as fascinated by impossibilities (like becoming invisible) as he is.

In many ways, Griff the Invisible is exactly like every other superhero movie. Yet, in more ways, it is completely different. The first half of the film is basically the usual. Griff goes to work where he is treated like the puny kid in sixth grade, while at night he snaps necks and talks to the commissioner to the tune of old school sound effects reserved for Adam West or 1980’s video games. This results in the build up being decidedly worse than the fall.

There is no real direction to the plot for about an hour as we simply follow Griff in his quest to exact revenge on his lead tormentor, Tony. Tim’s relationship with Melody is given some time so we can learn about her eccentricities, but they are only minimally explained, so she ends up being a confusing character throughout. Once Melody meets Griff, the film finally takes off into a darker and more unique direction.

The second half contains a semi-twist that is apparent throughout, but only explicit towards the end so I’ll avoid spoilers as much as I can. I’ll put it this way. Griff the Invisible takes you into the psyche of a superhero in a wholly unique way. We are given a semi-mocking, semi-enlightening look at what motivates someone to don a mask and leather body suit in order to fight crime. The film becomes an expose on perceived reality and, as mentioned, what is considered normal behavior. Melody says multiple times that she and Griff are on a different wavelength from the rest of the world, but to them it is their reality, their normalcy. As he works to gain true invisibility, she works to find the probability of matching up the space between atoms in our body and the wall in order to pass through unharmed.

At times, Griff drags a bit because there truly is no defining purpose to the beginning, but once you begin to unravel his mindset the film takes on a whole new meaning that ends up being somewhat eye-opening. It’s indie in every sense of the word, so it won’t be for everyone, but if you’re curious about a new look at the superhero genre, I’d suggest giving Griff the Invisible a try.

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  1. I have a hard time with someone as charming as Ryan Kwanten being an unpopular nerdy character but this film has always intrigued me. I should try to track down a copy. Nice review!

    • I’d never seen him before this, but he definitely still has some charm even though his character lacks it. It’s on Netflix instant watch if you have that

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