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I don’t care what downers and haters say, I think this movie rocks! GRIFF THE INVISIBLE is an irresistible, adorable, quirky love story. Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody deliver a different kind of perfect chemistry, unlike anything I’ve ever seen in superhero universe. I suppose the movie could be better written, the writing is definitely not its strongest suit but the intention still gets across and I think with a gazillion movies out there about normal people with no powers, playing vigilantes (Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Super), GRIFF THE INVISIBLE presents the lonely side of the job and what it means to accept someone for who they choose themselves to be, not for who the society think they should be. GRIFF THE INVISIBLE is one of my favorite movies this year..
Ryan Kwanten of TV’s “True Blood” stars in this charming, quirky and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about the superhero in all of us. Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other.
GRIFF THE INVISIBLE is not a story about opposites attract or two very different people that complete each other, it’s not one of those where the guy is persistently pursuing the girl or a story about a girl who wants to know how many people she can date until she can find that Mr. right, this is not one of those movies and that’s what I appreciate about GRIFF THE INVISIBLE, it’s a story about 2 odd balls, both Griff and Melody are two nerds/geeks, one obsessed with protecting his city by donning his superhero costume at night, while the other is obsessed with the science of going through walls, basically just the possibility of making the impossible happen if you’d just collect the right atoms at just the right time.
So when these two collide, they don’t complete one another, they compliment each other, which to a certain extent makes it seem like Melody may be using Griff at first, the audience would get that impression. While Griff on the other hand may seem like a guy who may need some psychiatric help.
But eventually, at least it’s clear to me, that Melody finally finds a guy whom she can share her wild theories with and not be judged or ridiculed and the same goes for Griff, he finds this very cute woman who wants nothing but to be part of his adventure. In its essence, what could be more romantic than that?!
Kwanten is excellent as the quiet but determined Griff who strongly believes in what he does. I had my concerns, to be honest with you, because how on earth would Kwanten, a model and True Blood star is going to convince me that he could play a person that other people think is weird, it would be an insult to those of us who are considered weird by the world’s standard, but Kwanten does a fine job, he’s got that child-like persona which is perfect for his character Griff.
Maeve and the word ‘cute’ should always be in the same sentence. There’s a scene when she drank a glass water and then she said.. “Isn’t it funny to think that I just poured hydrogen and oxygen into this hole in my face and now it’s merging with all the other atom in my body to become part of me?!”. That statement made her go from cute to sexy,.. drove me wild.
I don’t know if GRIFF THE INVISIBLE would become a cult classic but I think this is the film that speaks to us nerds and geeks out there who are faced with the dilemma of whether or not we should give up our obsessions and start facing reality.
Once again, the writing is not its strongest suit. There are times when you hear certain dialogue and you’d wish that didn’t hear it. Not that it’s completely bad but that you know they could’ve gone with a different way of saying it, I think the direction is pretty weak as well, the film could be better photographed, there are many opportunities when I think the film could potentially be more thematic, more cinematic but sadly it doesn’t take those opportunities. In the hands of another filmmaker with a more imaginative vision, I think GRIFF THE INVISIBLE would be invincible. But I gotta thank writer/director Leon Ford for at least presenting us with this story.
Griff’s superhero costume looks pretty cool in my book, it could look more creative though, I don’t know if its’ cool enough to be an option that people would consider when choosing what to wear for Comic-Con or Halloween season.
It’s no superhero movie without a bad guy and in this case, the bad guy is Griff’s co-worker who verbally bullies Griff day in and day out. But don’t expect this to be a movie in which the superhero gets to kick the villain’s ass because keep in mind that once again, this is a romantic dramedy, it’s a love story, kinda like Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, it’s a drama but it has a few moderately satisfying action sequences in it.
GRADE: 4 out of 5
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