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½ July 28, 2017
Loved this film. Melody is great. I really don't see what's not to like.
February 6, 2017
Muffled desperation.
January 3, 2017
Sounds quirky...I like quirky.
September 26, 2016
Proof, if any was needed, that a big budget isn't needed on a superhero film, sometimes all you need is a clever script. Something big movies sometimes lack.
½ August 30, 2016
"Griff The Invisible" es una cinta australiana que busca incorporar la figura del superhéroe al mundo real ("Special", "Defendor" y "Super" son otros intentos). Aquí, el superhéroe en cuestión en un joven llamado Griff (Ryan Kwanten), que en el día trabaja en una oficina y sufre los abusos de su colega y en las noches actúa como justiciero en las calles. La cinta escrita y dirigida por Leon Ford, trata de utilizar al superhéroe como una metáfora acerca de la exclusión social a las personas que les cuesta relacionarse, ser aceptadas y aceptar la realidad de la vida cotidiana. Sin embargo, "Griff The Invisible" termina haciendo implosión y se vuelve una película pesada, pretenciosa y difícil de digerir. El tercer acto revela algunas cosas que alejan la confusión, pero en últimas "Griff The Invisible" es un intento fallido de acercarse de otra manera al arquetipo del superhéroe.
January 8, 2016
Nerdy. Looks sorta interesting in premise but actually not so much. It reminds me (which was way way much better) quite a bit.
June 29, 2015
quirky film bout a crazy guy who thinks he's a superhero ends up getting the girl but changes to make his brother happy only to go back to his true self to get the girl back
January 30, 2015
Funny, charming and strange: exactly what you wouldn't expect. Full review later.
July 23, 2014
Era una buena idea, un mundo personal interesante, pero el desarrollo queda al debe. Ni la dualidad cuando está de civil, ni su condición de superhéroe, ni mucho menos su romance (que pudo haber sido inolvidable pero queda cortísimo) logran desarrollarse de manera adecuada. Queda ahí, como una idea con potencial pero en el limbo entre lo divertido y lo triste.
½ December 28, 2013
So...were they mentally ill? I'm confused.
½ November 10, 2013
This might just be the loveliest movie I've seen in some time
½ August 29, 2013
A sweet whimsical film that is a romance, comedy, drama, and so much else that it is hard to accurately define, but it is definitely entertaining. A very different role from Jason Stackhouse for Ryan Kwanten and it is one he does well with a very understated performance.
August 5, 2013
Mopey-but-sweet Australian entry in the Kick-Ass homemade superhero sweepstakes.
½ May 16, 2013
What initially felt like an annoyingly linear drama about a wannabe superhero that nobody wants or needs...eventually becomes a little gem of a romantic drama. Not sure what it is, but something in this film eventually clicks with originality and importance. Makes you question what really makes people "normal"? Is it their morals and what is in their hearts? Or is it more sadly, realistically, the lack of imagination that one has. The films definitely does something right by leaving us the opportunity to ask questions long after it is over, I just wish it got to this point a little sooner, which would have made it seem a little less like a boring sitcom (in the first half)
½ May 15, 2013
A bit disjointed narratively but this film rises on strong visuals and the utterly charming and quirky performances and sweet love story at the center
May 13, 2013
very unique. behind the complicated ideas lies simplicity and joy. totally recommended.
½ May 2, 2013
You probably didn't hear about it, but this independent Australian romantic comedy is really pretty good. It's a small, charming film with damaged but immensely likable and relatable characters. I guess I loved the premise more than anything - while this movie probably isn't the best possible execution of its basic idea, I loved the central idea so much that the movie still worked well for me anyway.

The story follows Griff (Ryan Kwanten), a meek nerd who has a boring job where he is picked upon by the office bully and ignored by everyone else. His life is generally sad, but he tries to make up for it by being a superhero by night, despite not having any superpowers or Batman-like amounts of money. Into his life comes Melody (Maeve Dermody), a beautiful girl who also feels like a social misfit. She might be the only person who can understand Griff's mental universe.

It's really a lovely premise not just about superheroes, but about accepting people as they are. Unlike in, say, Kickass, there are a couple of action sequences, but they're small and largely beside the point. The movie isn't about superheroics, it's about the idea of superheroics and why it can matter to people. It's not a superhero movie with romantic comedy elements, but a romantic comedy with superhero elements. The central performances by Kwanten and Dermody are both quite charming, and played with wide-eyed sincerity. Marshall Napier also nicely negotiates a delicate role as Griff's brother Benson, who is initially the one in love with Melody - we have to see that Benson isn't right for Melody, but also that he's a genuinely good guy, which is a tricky thing to pull off, but it works here.

This was the first movie written and directed by an Australian actor named Leon Ford, and it shows a lot of promise. His visual style was mostly nothing special, except for a couple of shots of Griff standing in a crowd, but he does have a good feel for quirky characters. I quite enjoyed this one, and hope Ford gets the chance to make other movies.
April 21, 2013
Combining quantum physics, fantasy, strength of character and a love story, this movie may fly over the heads of unthinking mono-dimensionalists. I loved it.
April 14, 2013
Not a bad off beat comedy from Aus. Not all with it office worker finds his dream nutter.
March 29, 2013
This is a beautiful first feature for Australian director/ writer Leon Ford. Focusing on a socially awkward Griff and his relationships it is superbly shot to reflect the emotions, thoughts of Griff and the other characters and the subject matter. This film has a melancholic yet child like imaginative quality. The costume and art design is some of the best I've seen in Australian films. It is stylised in a really interesting way that focuses on Griff's world rather than placing it so obviously as Sydney, Australia. Whereas most Australian films tend to awkwardly over-emphasise location and Australian "culture". Rather this film focuses on some unique characters with their own flaws and quirks and we get to experience their emotional journey that is both sweet and heart breaking. The performances are outstanding especially for Griff played by Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Maeve Dermondy (Beautiful Kate) as Melody. The film also has a great supporting cast and the cinematography is a joy to watch, complimenting the tone and emotions of the characters. Overall a really strong first feature for Ford, but also a beautiful quirky drama.
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