Memoirs of an Invisible Man Review

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An average joe kind of guy is accidentally turned invisible and although at first he enjoys the novelty, he soon wishes he could have his normal life back. However a deranged ex-FBI agent is on his tail while his love interest also tries to track him to down to tell him she'll love him whether she can see him or not. Ahh.


This film, according to Chevy Chase’s statements to the US press, would be the one in which he’d stop “mugging” and get down to some serious three-dimensional type acting. Whatever his intentions, the finished product is about as deep and meaningful as you’d expect from a work starring the Man Who Is Clark Griswold. Which is a good thing really, as, uncomplicated, genuinely funny comedy players are thin on the ground at the moment, and it means Memoirs can carry off the semi-slapstick, borderline-cretinous gags with pace and panache.

The central joke is that Nick Holloway (Chase), an overly-libidious, hard drinking stock market analyst, devotes his time to keeping a low profile at work then is accidentally turned invisible. Cue a prolonged chase by an off-the-rails CIA man (Holloway is perceived as “the final word in espionage”) and Alice (Hannah) who, curiously, is keen to carrying on seeing, as it were, a man who is totally invisible.

As a vehicle for spectacular special effects — cigarette smoke puffing in and out of his lungs, after being soaked in the rain the water defines his shape and, Claude Raines eat your heart out, you can see the inside of the bandages as he unwraps them (all 12 itals) — and a bunch of stupendously stoopid sight-gags, it’s really all you need for a highly enjoyable if none-too-memorable hour and a half. Maybe John Carpenter’s aptittude for shocks ‘n’ suspense goes by the board, but such a blanced blend of science and silliness could only come from someone with Dark Star and The Thing in their portfolio.

Chevy Chase was one of the first successful comedians to have launched himself a film career form Saturday Night Live the popular American TV show. Sadly this was towards the end of his successful film run but with money poured into the convincing visual effects and the jokes funny if not hilarious this was a worthy vehicle for his talents.