A different kind of Super Hero movie.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
Directed By: Leon Ford
Where to get it: Indomina Media
One the many charming things about me (yes I shall talk about myself here) is that I like stuff that is a little offbeat. And the indie hero film, Griff the Invisible, is just that sorta thing. So naturally it did raise my interest. I mean why does every single hero film have to have a zillion dollar budget and a ton of explosions? To be blunt with you, something like this from time to time is a nice change of pace. I’m not going to say that some of you might not enjoy a little more of your typical hero stuff in comparison so this, but I will say that this sorta film will find it’s self a nice little place in film lover’s world as well.
The story is about Griff (Ryan Kwanten) a socially awkward office worker who spends his days being bullied by his workmates. At night he is Griff the Invisible, a superhero who roams the streets of his local neighborhood, protecting the innocent. Griff has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), the beautiful young daughter of a hardware store owner, who shares his passion for the impossible.
Griff the Invisible is a name that sure does fit our main character here (who is named Griff) really well. Where as in his hero persona he can pretty much do what he wants to do. While being himself he find that is simply not the case. He’s socially awkward, he’s just awkward in general actually. It’s the type of character that movies like this thrive off of and it is just bleeding indie through and through, from character actions to the dialogue. But its in the super hero aspect of this one that both adds something new and also sets you up for a bit of a let down if you did go into this expecting a lot of action.
While there is the hero plot, action isn’t what you get here to be the main representative of this film. We have wacky characters, we have some rather silly scenes from time to time. And I think the performance Maeve Dermody here is just outstanding and drives home the romantic part of a good portion of the film very well. I would probably say that is when the movie is at it’s best. Then again, that does leave the door open for some to call the hero portion of the film weak and it may be a fair accusation. But while that seems to for sure be the selling point, I don’t really see it as the actual point of the film. It more or less at times seems to be there to just drive home a bit of a different twist to things.
I think the film has some very good positives, but at the same time one could argue that we have a negative or two as well. But at the end of the day, I feel it’s a very nice story that can be very interesting and fun in spots. And I think it’s a film that a lot of people will like, even if a few people don’t. That being said, I’d go into this one if you were the type of person who digs a silly indie film, in the nature of a Wes Anderson film. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we can compare it to any of Wes’ films, but I do think it’s sniffing a little around the same genre overall. And it’s doing it a little more so than in the full blown hero movie department.
You got a bit of a mixed bag here, but it’s not by any means bad. I think a few of diehard indie film fans might really like it a whole lot. And then again, you main stream folks might not. I myself, do enjoy seeing a film like this from time to time. And the fact it;s well acted doesn’t hurt things at all either.
The Rating (6/10)