No…I said Ryan Kwanton…not Ryan Reynolds. But this one is actually more enjoyable than Green Lantern, if that helps at all? I’m told that Kwanton plays one of the main characters on TV’s True Blood. But I’d never heard of the sucker. (Pun intended).
I never watch any of that vampire sh1t. (Unless it’s got a leather clad Kate Beckinsale in it). Comparing the True Blood publicity stills to watching Kwanton in this movie, I’d never have guessed it was actually the same guy.
As for the movie itself. Griff the Invisible belongs more in the Kick-Ass section, than the Marvel section, of heroes (with Thor and Captain America). Or maybe the video store (do they still have video stores?) should just file it alphabetically. Under ‘G for Griff and G for great’.
I’ve also seen the movie vaguely tagged (can’t remember where) as romantic comedy. Though it’s actually not that funny or indeed that likely to make your heart skip a beat and bring a tear to the eye. (Not much of a salesman am I? Used car anyone)? Quirky is more the genre I’d slot it into. If such a genre exists. You might wanna spliff up for this one. Or at least crack open a bottle of something (or a few cans of the amber nectar) to open the mind a little.
Doubt there was a comic book for this one. Or if there’ll be a sequel come to that. But it’s neatly packaged as it stands really. So it would be a shame to spoil it. Hopefully writer/director Leon Ford will just move on to something else. It’s always a nice change of pace to see the occasional British or, as in this case, ‘stralian movie. A high percentage of what comes from the Hollywood dream factory is far too glossy and far too formulaic. (Even though I still watch ’em. I’m addicted. What can I say)?
As ever, I’m not sure how to enthuse about this one, without spoiling the surprise for you all. I went my usual root of not reading the plot summary…or watching any trailers. So I’d always recommend that others do the same. (Though I’d guess the: ‘He’s a dreamer, stuck in the real world‘ teaser, on the poster above, kinda gives the game away).
Let’s just say that Griff is an Office worker by day and a super hero by night. And the scene is set by the Oscar Wilde quote in the opening titles: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth”. Griff is shy and introverted without the mask; but brave, bold and heroic with it.
The best performances for me came from the two main characters of Griff (Kwanton) and his brother’s girlfriend(?)…and part time scientist…Melody (played by Maeve Dermody). In fact, the Melody character had the edge in certain parts of the movie. It takes a while to figure Griff out, though melody’s out-look on life is apparent as soon as you clap eyes on her.
Excellent character support from Griff’s brother Tim (Patrick Brammall), Griff’s boss Gary (David Webb) and particularly Griff’s bullying ass-hole of a workmate, Tony (Toby Schmitz). All kinda quirky and out of step with reality in their own way. (And they think Griff is the odd one)? Well conceived by Ford and well acted by all concerned.
Watch out for my favorite scenes, which include: Melody’s experiment and journal entry for attempt #51 (hit pause so you can read the journal); Griff’s outfit whilst waiting at the bus stop; Griff surprising Tony (“Hi Tony”) by use of his early warning system (“Well…hi…Griff”); Gary’s friendly advice; and all scenes regarding high tech bugging equipment and invisibility suits.