A superhero movie for people who hate superhero movies.
And equally, a superhero movie for people who love superhero movies.
This is quite simply the finest bit of Australian cinema I’ve seen in a good long while.
Kudos to director Leon Ford!
Ryan Kwanten starts out in Anna Karina’s primary rain slicker.
At the bus stop. Yellow paint over posters torn leaving stuck strips.
Invisibility. The pervert superpower.
But Griff (Kwanten) has a rough life.
Clark Kent in excelsis.
There are movies like this which fail.
Man-child obsessed with toys. Blah blah blah.
But that’s not the vibe of Griff the Invisible.
No. This is a special film.
It’s about fuckups finding each other.
Enter fuckup #2: the lovely Maeve Dermody.
Dermody is the redemption of this film.
Everything; everyone wants to knock this film off the rails.
It gets close. The plot twists enough to almost sink the film.
Woozy helmet…sniffy woe.
But Dermody keeps her quiet wonder alive.
An angel with dusty feet.
Necklace of uranium from W.A.C.O.
Believing in questions.
Be in love. Crazy.
Not easy. Rambunctious.
Particles. Sucking black hole.
Light. Giving us problems.
Bumping. God willing.
Trinity. Just a test.
I have become Deathwish.
Wilde. Masked and anonymous.
Henry Miller. Caesar shift cipher.
Hymn of praise for a girl
Came into our lives
Have mercy on the homeless.
Don’t aggregate yourself to death.
Point at which film review ended, and.
Miracle that we can believe in.
Human abilities. Accomplished.
Through endless repetition.
Slip in and out of dimensions.
Then you’ll feel the hazy feeling to live this poem.
Down by the Seine.
And into the Passages with the rain.
Mort à credit.
Nerval’s last drink, and then to hang himself.
Not sad. More Camus.
Where the focus is on the drink.
Created from impressions.
Without eliminating dimensionality.
“Mister Trouble never hangs around
When he hears this Mighty sound.
‘Here I come to save the day’
That means that Mighty Mouse is on his way.
Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right
Mighty Mouse will join the fight.
On the sea or on the land,
He gets the situation well in hand.”
Hurrah for dreamers!
Nice review but this film did not come to my country. But there is a way think for me to see it.
Yes, it is a good one 🙂 I don’t know the solution to the distribution problem. I have seen it on the Hulu service. I hope you can find it! –Paul
The Griffin the Unbelievable has become Deathwish — Robert Oppenheimer
In the world!
Love that quote: “Invisibility. The pervert superpower.”
btw; you have a natural talent for free verse poetry. In fact, you could “mine” poems out of many of your film reviews. Stream of consciousness with a social conscience.
Thank you 🙂 yes, I often hope to hit that in between space…film review, poetry, etc. I just want to challenge myself to do something different each time. That way i know I’m growing as a writer. I appreciate your thoughtful comments! –Paul
My local video store has it on sale for $3.99. Is it worth buying a copy?
It’s pretty darn good. It’s not an Earth-shattering masterpiece, but I found in pretty meaningful and enjoyable 🙂 –Paul
I just watched it. Loved it. Will probably write on it — eventually. Thanks so much for your post. I never would have seen it without having read your reaction to the film.
So glad you liked it! 🙂 I thought it was pretty special. Cheers!!! –Paul
Hi Paul, I finally wrote my analysis of Griff the Invisible. The romance between Griff and Melody reinforces the “Similarity Attraction Hypothesis.” Thank you again for your post. This is a real gem of a film. https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/griff-the-invisible/
Awesome 🙂 looking forward to checking it out! Glad to be of service 😉 –Paul