Sunday, 2 December 2012

Griff The Invisible DVD Review

Written By Leon Ford
Directed By Leon Ford

Cast

Ryan Kwanten as Griff
Maeve Dermody as Melody
Toby Schmitz as Tony
Patrick Brammall as Tim
Marshall Napier as Benson

Genre
Superhero, Drama, Comedy

Certificate 15

Synopsis

Griff - office worker by day, superhero by night - has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.

By day Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is an everyday office worker, in an everyday town. He lives a secluded life, bullied by co-workers (Toby Schmitz) - his protective brother his only friend. By night Griff assumes his other identity, roaming the dark streets protecting the innocent and the vulnerable from the dangers that lurk in the shadows - he is the hero, Griff The Invisible.

Increasingly concerned by Griff's eccentric behaviour, his brother (Patrick Brammall) attempts to draw him back into the 'real world'. In doing so he introduces Griff to Melody (Maeve Dermody) an equally eccentric and charming girl.

Fascinated by Griff's idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own, Melody begins to fall for Griff. As Griff is forced to face up to realities of a mundane world, it is up to Melody to rescue Griff The Invisible for the sake of herself, Griff and their love for each other.

Special Features
  • Trailer
  • Cast and Crew Interviews


Review

Australia has always had a history of delivering quite off kilter movies that have a fully beating heart at the center.

Griff The Invisible is no different.  It takes three, sometimes more, genres and straddles them with ease and doesn't once become too cluttered or disjointed.

The writing here is fantastic.  Equal parts superhero story, romance and drama, this movie manages to be affecting, exciting and heart wrenchingly sweet as well.  The way the two leads fell in to believing their delusions while everybody around them couldn't see a thing was masterful in how it was handled.

The cast here all seem to inhabit their characters like they would their own lives.  The best of these are Ryan Kwanten as Griff and Maeve Dermody.  Both come across as mirror images of themselves and really have a great chemistry.  The bludgeoning relationship between the two of them is incredibly sweet without being overly melodramatic or sentimental.  In fact, the humor and characters being so off kilter and a little bit on the strange side really helps make this feel completely unique.  Yes the movie is from the same mould as 'Defendor' and to a lesser extent 'Super' but it's the characters and the way the cast portray them that makes them utterly unique.

The music here plays a massive part in making the scenes so memorable.  The band named Kids at Risk provide most of the music and they're so eclectic in their songs that they really appear to have a song for every possible scene,

I really did love how the movie could one moment in really exciting then heart breaking and then romantic.  That's the mark of some very intelligent movie making.

I was a little disappointed in the fact that there weren't many things in the way of special features but beggers can't be chosers really.  The trailer is fun and the interviews are quite illuminating in how they portrayed their characters and made the movie itself.  I just wish there could have been more things there.

All in all, I would really recommend this movie.  If you are a fan of the movies 'Super', 'Kickass' or 'Defendor' then you will definitely love this movie.  It's the same with the humor in this movie, if you are a fan of the movie 'Strictly Ballroom', which had the same sort of humor then you will love this movie too.

Movie 4/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 3/5
Overall 15/20

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