Griff the Invisible (2010, directed by Leon Ford)


Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is a socially awkward young office worker who keep a rubber suit hidden away in his apartment.  When he returns home from work, he puts on the suit and searches the night for crimes to stop and criminals to thwart.. Or at least he thinks that he’s fighting crime. The neighbors seem to be afraid of the man in the rubber suit and there are posters on every street corner, asking if anyone can identity the masked voyeur who has been spotted walking about the neighborhood at night.  The only one his neighbors who appreciates him is the stray cat that waits every morning for a tin of tuna.

Though he might fight crime at night, no one thinks much of Griff during the day. His co-worker, Tony (Toby Schmitz), constantly bullies him. His older brother, Tim (Patrick Brammall), resents that he had to move back home to keep an eye on him and he is constantly asking Griff if he is having another breakdown.  Only the owner of the local hardware store is polite to Griff and that’s just because Griff spends a lot of money in the store, buying what he needs to make what he thinks will be an invisibility suit.

When Tim brings his new girlfriend, Melody (Maeve Dermody), over to meet Griff, she discovers that she has more in common with Griff than with Tim. Griff wants to be invisible while Melody wants to learn how to walk through solid objects. Melody and Griff could be the prefect crime fighting team and also the perfect romantic couple, but only if their fantasy world is allowed to exist uninterrupted.  That may be difficult because both Griff and Melody are coming under more and more pressure to get it togther, conform, and start living in the real world with everyone else.

Griff the Invisible is a likable comedy-drama from Australia. At first, it seemed like the film was going to idealize Griff’s fantasy existence but it’s actually fair in its treatment of Tim and everyone who wants Griff to snap out of it and join them in the real life. Being Griff’s friend or relative can be demanding. At the same time, Griff and Melody’s fantasy world is inviting too. Who hasn’t imagined themselves as a super hero at some point?  Most importantly, the pairing of Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody works well. By the end of the movie, you’re happy that they have their fantasy as long as they also have each other.

One response to “Griff the Invisible (2010, directed by Leon Ford)

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