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Griff the Invisible

Australia 2010
produced by
Nicole O'Donohue, Jan Chapman (executive), Scott Meek (executive) for Green Park Pictures, Screen Australia
directed by Leon Ford
starring Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier, Heather Mitchell, Kelly Paterniti, Kate Mulvany, Toby Schmnitz, Patrick Brammall, Anthony Phelan, David Webb, Chan Griffin
written by Leon Ford, music by Sep Caton, Lee Devaney, Larissa Rate, special makeup effects by Carl Cameron, visual effects by Phil Stuart-Jones

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is a totally insignificant office worker, who is suffering from serious social deficites and is the target of some serious bullying at his workplace. But by nicht, he's patrolling the city as a superhero, fighting for right and justice ... and thinking about ways to avenge himself on his bullying colleague Tony (Toby Schmitz). For both of which he figures he needs an invisibility suit, so he makes himself one - which doesn't work half as well (as in: not at all) as he figures it does ... which of course doesn't stop him from using it and believing himself to be invisible.

Griff's brother Tim (Patrick Brammall) is pretty much Griff's opposite, he's sociable, outspoken, lives in the real world and doesn't believe in invisibility suits, superheroes and whatnot. Tim's girlfriend Melody (Maeve Dermody) is another matter altogether.She considers herself a scientist, has weird theories about other worlds, and believes there's a scientific possibility to walk through solid walls. And while her parents love Tim, she feels slightly disgusted by his open nature, his unfunny anecdotes, and his attempts to get into her panties. Then he introduces her to Griff, and while he treats her with the same kind of mistrust as everybody else, for her it's love at first sight. She is also quick to figure out the costumed weirdo who roams the neighbourhood, but for her he really is a superhero. He doesn't ask her to, but Melody butts her way into Griff's life, even (or especially) if that means breaking up with Tim. Melody helps him develop a new invisibility suit and sends him out on missions.

Eventually, Griff breaks into his office once more to play another prank on Tony, but again, the invisibility suit only works in his mind (and hers) not the real world, so he is caught on security cam and fired. And Tony has him beaten up. And he gets picked up by the police for roaming the neighbourhood, voyeuristic behaviour and the like. He gets away with a warning, but now his cover is blown, and he finds himself at the wrong side of the law.

Griff is a broken man, so Melody makes up a mission for him in which he has to save the commissioner from a gang of hoodlums, wearing his invisibility suit. For some reason, Tim comes along for the ride. And while Griff is out "saving the commissioner", Tim and Melody have a discussion over Griff and his fantasy world. Griff only catches part of it and thinks Melody is only making fun of him ... and his whole world caves in ...

Griff pays a visit to Melody and her parents for dinner, and he has become a carbon copy of his brother, all the superficiality and the stupid anecdotes included - and Melody hates it, hates him. She has fallen in love with Griff the weirdo and doesn't want him any other way. But to convince him to get back to being Griff the hero, she first has to go through a solid wall ...


Immensely enjoyable superhero spoof that manages to at the same time pay loving tribute to genre classics and unmask the genre's absurdities in a non-moronic, respectful way - and tell a touching story of social outcasts on the side without ever letting the kitsch that comes with such a story get in the way of the comedy.

Definitely weird, but also extremely likeable.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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