Griff the Invisible Reviews
The story follows Griff (Ryan Kwanten), a meek nerd who has a boring job where he is picked upon by the office bully and ignored by everyone else. His life is generally sad, but he tries to make up for it by being a superhero by night, despite not having any superpowers or Batman-like amounts of money. Into his life comes Melody (Maeve Dermody), a beautiful girl who also feels like a social misfit. She might be the only person who can understand Griff's mental universe.
It's really a lovely premise not just about superheroes, but about accepting people as they are. Unlike in, say, Kickass, there are a couple of action sequences, but they're small and largely beside the point. The movie isn't about superheroics, it's about the idea of superheroics and why it can matter to people. It's not a superhero movie with romantic comedy elements, but a romantic comedy with superhero elements. The central performances by Kwanten and Dermody are both quite charming, and played with wide-eyed sincerity. Marshall Napier also nicely negotiates a delicate role as Griff's brother Benson, who is initially the one in love with Melody - we have to see that Benson isn't right for Melody, but also that he's a genuinely good guy, which is a tricky thing to pull off, but it works here.
This was the first movie written and directed by an Australian actor named Leon Ford, and it shows a lot of promise. His visual style was mostly nothing special, except for a couple of shots of Griff standing in a crowd, but he does have a good feel for quirky characters. I quite enjoyed this one, and hope Ford gets the chance to make other movies.