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Griff the Invisible (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 12

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 2,670

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The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible. 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

PG-13,

Romance, Art House & International, Comedy, Drama

Leon Ford

Nov 15, 2011

$20.9k

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (20) | DVD (2)

Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Griff seems a little too psychologically damaged to laugh at. On the other hand, for a drama, his behavior is way too silly to take seriously.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It tries too hard to be eccentric, kooky. So hard, it can be downright annoying.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Something clicks here. Physically as well as verbally, these kids are speaking their own language.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The touches of magical realism begin to feel gimmicky. By the final frame, this romance never feels real enough.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It's a film that asks potent questions about important topics, but will first and foremost charm viewers with its oddball humour and romanticism. Griff the Invisible is a treat.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

Griff The Invisible explores the personal angle of vigilante justice, adding a unique spin to the superhero genre with heartfelt moments and relatability.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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It's shaggy, but its modest charms make up for that.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I'm all for ambiguity in films, but it doesn't feel like writer/director Leon Ford left Griff and his underlying issues vague on purpose.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

I'd take 10 more Green Lanterns over one more wannabe-superhero flick.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Mopey-but-sweet Australian entry in the Kick-Ass homemade superhero sweepstakes.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There are moments of pure magic when we actually feel ourselves letting go of the limitations of the real world and find ourselves -- if only for a fleeting moment -- believing in Griff's world.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

First-time director Leon Ford has the Australian shaggy dog comedy style down pat; now he just needs an empowering idea.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Something about this feature never ignites.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Whether you buy the things these people do probably depends on your tolerance for adorable psychotic breaks.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
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Audience Reviews for Griff the Invisible

Question: Do you ever feel invisible? You are standing there, existing in the world but no one seems to notice you or how special you are? I am positive a lot of you think this way but there is at least one person who gets you and when that happens - all is right in your world.

An Australian film I just watched on Netflix, Griff the Invisible, touched on this subject. The movie stars Ryan Kwanten also known as Jason Stackhouse from TrueBlood speaking in his native Australian accent and playing a very different type of character. Anyway, he plays Griff, an introverted, awkward fellow who sees the world differently but who also lives in the world where no one really sees the true him. Um, not sure if I am describing it right.... The whole point of the film is that we all have our own perspectives on things but there are those rare few that no one understands and they become obsolete or unnoticeable to most.

Bottom line, Griff thinks he is a superhero put here to protect the innocent which in turn makes him want to hide from others so no one figures out his secret (mission). Okay, that's enough detail of the story. Let's talk overall picture.

Well, Griff the Invisible started off intriguing and with me wanting to know more about each character, specifically Griff. Ryan Kwanten was quite adorable as the awkward, unassuming chap who just wanted to do good deeds. He pulled off the innocence and detachment from the real world in a very convincing way. It was a big departure from his role on True Blood - the overly cocky yet not so smart character.

Another element that stood out in Griff the Invisible was the cinematography/art direction. There were not a lot of special effects in this film but just enough to keep the story on the fantastical side. Also, the use of a certain shade of yellow was splattered throughout the film. It caught my eye as I enjoy color theory and know that yellow is an intense color to grab people's attention which is the opposite of what Griff wanted. It made me curious especially when the love interest wore the other two primary colors.

Besides Ryan Kawnten and the visuals of the film, I finished the film with an unsatisfactory energy even though the ending made me smile. It started about halfway through the film, the story dulled and I found myself not really interested in the characters as much as I was in the beginning of the film. However, it was worth the viewing.

Directed & written by Leon Ford, Green Park Pictures, 2010.

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, and Marshall Napier.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.

My favorite thing: One character (Melody) had some great lines in it. Some made me giggle.

My least favorite thing: That the story wasn't well-rounded, I suppose.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 90 minutes

Review: 5 out of 10
September 11, 2012
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An Aussie comedy starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Griff is a pragmatically kooky film with little consideration for plot or character development. Instead it tries to contain its quirky attitude by subverting the superhero genre once more, adding to the list that includes Defendor and Super. It's less of a superhero genre and more of an indie romantic comedy. The superhero aspect of the plot is simply to deviate from the character's oddity up front. At first it seems to fit well within superhero fair, including big fights, large equipment, and even a latex costume. Still, it's supposed to be about a man with complex imaginatory powers and a woman with the same freakish demeanor. Griff seems to be too psychologically damaged to make sense as a male lead, and his imagination swells the entire film in a fog of uncertainty. For a large portion of the film I wasn't sure if he really did possess all the capabilities of a hero or if it was a part of his psyche. It's always nice to see the lonesome protagonist fight the odds by being a force of goodness while staying in the shadows, but here it's just more embarrassment and shame. Of course, even if he was the hero, he would be atypical since he keeps to himself and acts senselessly. At the same time his brother is dating a strange woman who meets Griff unexpectedly and she becomes the love interest. Their antics together, and their shared neurosis makes for the rest of the plot, which winds into obscurity and delineates quickly from the beginning. By the very end it's clear that it's cute and charming in places, but overall it's also convoluted, complicated, and formulaic as well. The performances from everyone, especially Kwanten and Dermody, were dramatically sound. I found the leads to be realistically strange and yet sympathetic to each other, nearly symbiotic with their co-dependency. A great love story in the cutest sense.
June 28, 2012
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

A fantasy love story that I found quite endearing. Fun. Quirky. Sweet. A little cooky, a little sci fi, a little romance, a little different. Well done...
May 7, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Like the tag line says: "The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible". This film should have been called Metaphor Man. Don't expect a Kick-Ass type of film or even Defendor, Griff the Invisible - while as good as these, is pretty original. Not easy in this now popular sub-genres. It is a little hard to get into at first but it is worth sticking with, once you have 'got it' it becomes a much more enjoyable film. It might sound funny but i wonder whether it could have been improved with a smaller budget. While Leon Ford told the story well, I can't help but think a more visually creative director would have been a better choice.
April 19, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Movies Like Griff the Invisible

    1. Melody: I'm not who you think I am.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
    1. Melody: What were you like as a kid?
    2. Griff: Small?
    – Submitted by Austin B (2 years ago)
    1. Melody: I live in a bubble that no one, no one gets into. I feel like an alien. I live in a completely different world to the one everyone else is in. I can't communicate with anyone. I can talk to them but I can not.. communicate. But you.. Griff, you get into my bubble.
    – Submitted by Beci L (2 years ago)
    1. Melody: I know who you are. You are me, and the opposite of me. You are the question, I am the answer. You are the proton, I am the neutron.
    2. Griff: You are a magnetic field and I am as light, forever drawn to you.
    – Submitted by Vip M (2 years ago)
    1. Melody: The city needs you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Griff: Before I tell you this, you have to commit to a vow of secrecy unlike any other.
    2. Griff: I'm not who I seem to be.
    3. Griff: I have powers.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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