Griff The Invisible Review and Trailer

The title Griff the Invisible is very apropos: for not only is the protagonist of the film a lonely introvert who goes unseen by many of his coworkers, but also he is building a suit of invisibility to aid him in his one man war against crime. But there is far more to this film than the story of a lovable nerd who leads a double life. It is about growing up, about holding onto your dreams, and about being brave enough to share those dreams with someone you love.

It tells the story of Griff, a shy and emotionally stunted young man, who spends his days in a cubicle and his nights prowling the streets of his London neighborhood in a suit of shiny black rubber. But the deeper he delves into his nocturnal fantasies, the greater the loneliness he feels during his days. His delusional self-image as a mysterious vigilante is encroaching on his ability to function in the real world, but his conviction to his cause is unwavering as he embarks on the laborious task of constructing a suit of invisibility.

In the end, it’s not the criminal element that threatens to bring his world crashing down, it’s a quirky young woman with delusions all her own. Her name is Melody, a daydreaming theorist who lives at home with her parents, and she is instantly drawn to Griff by his naivety and imagination. It is these same qualities that draws Griff to her, but as their lives begin to intertwine it becomes difficult for them to understand the difference between loving and enabling.

So what type of film is this? Magical Realism? Action? Romantic comedy? A drama about two confused and alienated lovers? In truth, it is all these things at once and therein lays its beauty. So often writers and directors try to create a very specific type of film, but in the end create nothing really at all. So often films drag on for over two hours, and still don’t deliver any emotional impact. So often special effects are used in lieu of smart writing and thought provoking ideas. This is not the case, however, with Griff the Invisible. Writer/director Leon Ford uses brevity and nuance to carry the film along. And instead of forcing his own ideas onto us, he invites us to determine the film’s true meaning; a refreshing idea in the often heavy-handed world of cinema.

Griff The Invisible opens in San Francisco Friday, August 19th at the Lumiere Theater

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