Review – Griff The Invisible
Superhero films have evolved in leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. We’ve got the flashy blockbusters with the likes of Iron Man and Spiderman kicking some box office butt. Christopher Nolan decided things needed to get gritty and he rebooted the Batman franchise successfully (Batman Begins & The Dark Knight) and just when things couldn’t get any crazier ‘Kick Ass’ deconstructed superheros while delivering some popcorn cinema madness. All the bases seem like they’ve been covered but get ready for an indie superhero film in the form of ‘Griff the Invisible’. Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is an office worker who has a secret, he’s a superhero. Griff is enjoying his life flying solo as a superhero but things get complicated when a beautiful girl Melody (Maeve Dermondy) starts intruding on his life and tires to unravel his secrets. ‘Griff the Invisible’ is a well made film with some great performances but treads the fine line between quirky and just plain stupid; it’s sure to divide audiences.
The two best things about ‘Griff the Invisible’ are the leads Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermondy who have a great on screen chemistry and create oddball characters that are sympathetic and entertaining. Kwanten has had success thanks to his role on HBO’s ‘True Blood’ but I hope this film gets him more film work and the same goes for Dermondy who has a real down to earth natural beauty. The supports are just as good with shout outs to Patrick Brammail, Toby Schmitz and Heather Mitchell.
‘Griff the Invisible’ is a well made film with solid work from writer/director Leon Ford behind the camera to give its own unique look while paying homage to the formula of other superhero films. The film is shot in Sydney, Australia and I enjoyed all the locations mainly because it wasn’t the stereotypical money shots of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The soundtrack features a nice old school superhero score that is defiantly inspired by the theme from old ‘Batman’ television series starring Adam West. Finishing off the soundtrack are some good songs from bands I’ve never heard of but I’m sure that guy at your work with the moustache who only listens to non-commercial radio will be able to let you know who they are.
‘Griff the Invisible’ is a bit of a balancing act because the plot flips between plausible and crazy. You take a grain of salt with a lot of films that are just plain nutty but when they start to get serious things can get strange and ‘Griff the Invisible’ goes there a lot with mixed consequences that let down the film.
For the first indie superhero film I’ve ever seen ‘Griff the Invisible’ does a good job of doing something different with a lot of charm. Don’t take this film too seriously and enjoy this cute little Australian flick.
The Popcorn Junkie