GRIFF THE INVISIBLE Movie Review – Ryan Kwanten’s A Superhero… Sort Of
I first heard of GRIFF THE INVISIBLE last December when a few photos from the movie hit the net. Of course my interest was peeked right away because it stared True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten, whom I had never seen in anything else, and it looked fun.
Griff the Invisible is a romantic comedy that follows Griff (Ryan Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker bullied by his coworkers, who assumes a superhero identity, Griff the Invisible at night protecting his neighborhood from criminals. Griff is continually searching for the perfect formula that will make him invisible. It’s in the midst of all this that he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), an eccentric scientist, who is obsessed with finding a way to walk through walls. She soon becomes fascinated by Griff and his alter-ego and decides to help him achieve his goal. Unfortunately, the real world threatens to catch up to both of them and they will have to work together to fight the “evil” that lurks not to far away.
Griff the Invisible is quite an original, quirky film. I was pleasantly surprised by how the story developed and enjoyed quite a few moments throughout, for instance, Griff’s morning routine of waiting at the bus stop wearing clothes that blend him against the wall is such a clever and loveable way to show the character.
Unfortunately, the film did have some slow parts and while I wasn’t bored, I felt anxious for things to move along. However, I think the ending redeemed a lot of the slower moments. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to be able to be wrapped up, but the ending is quite poetic I must say.
A big part of what made Griff the Invisible really enjoyable to watch was Ryan Kwanten’s performance. Now if you’re used to seeing him as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, you will be seeing a whole other side of him in this film. First of all he ditches the Southern accent for his real Australian one, which is quite fun to see. But more importantly, there is something so vulnerable and sweet about Griff that will make you fall in love with him within the first 5 minutes of seeing him. I think the character alone is worth watching the movie for.
I also want to mention Maeve Dermody’s performance. She plays the character of Melody, Griff’s love interest. Dermody captures the peculiarity of Melody in such a charming way, you can’t help but want to find out more about her. The first scene introducing her is really great and within minutes you get who this character is.
Overall, I enjoyed Griff the Invisible. Apart from some drawn-out parts, the movie as a whole is imaginative and if you’re in the mood for an unorthodox romantic comedy, you will want to give it a shot.
Finally I want to leave you with Griff the Invisible‘s tagline:
The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible.
Griff the Invisible will be released to limited theaters today, Friday, August 19th, 2011.
Here is the full release date schedule:
August 19, 2011 – Los Angeles, Berkley, San Francisco, New York
August 26, 2011 – Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Denver
September 2, 2011 – Washington DC, Philadelphia
September 9, 2011 – Atlanta, Minneapolis
September 16, 2011 – St. Louis
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