Review: ‘Griff the Invisible’

An anemic losers-in-love story with a "Kick-Ass" twist.

The presence of “True Blood’s” Aussie star Ryan Kwanten should enhance the circulation of “Griff the Invisible,” but this debut feature from actor-cum-helmer Leon Ford is really just an anemic losers-in-love story with a “Kick-Ass” twist. Kwanten’s Griff — described by his brother Tim (Patrick Brammall) as “a customer-liaison officer who thinks he’s an invisible superhero” — is an object of sympathy rather than admiration in this Down Under dramedy, even though Ford does a nice job of leading the aud in various directions before delivering the eccentric romance the movie’s really about.

Making a solid impression is Maeve Dermody, whose Melody is dating Tim, until she meets Griff. She’s smitten: A true believer in other dimensions and alternate realities, she doesn’t understand why, if molecules contain so much space, she can’t pass through doors without opening them. Naturally, she takes one look at Griff — who roams the streets in a rubber suit — and sees a kindred spirit. The Melody-Griff evolution is the sweetest part of “Griff the Invisible,” and has a certain charm. But anyone looking for a superhero movie is going to be disappointed. Tech credits are invisible.

Griff the Invisible



A Fortissimo Films/Screen Australia presentation, in association with Screen NSW and FSM, of a Green Park Pictures production. Produced by Nicole O'Donohue. Executive producers, Jan Chapman, Scott Meek. Directed, written by Leon Ford.


Camera (color), Simon Chapman; editor, Karen Johnson; music, Kids at Risk; production designer, Sophie Nash, art director, Sam Wilde; costume designer, Shareen Beringer; sound (Dolby Digital), Sam Petty. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Discovery), Sept. 14, 2010. Running time: 93 MIN.


Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Patrick Brammall, Toby Schmitz.

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