'Griff' a heartbreaking look at loneliness

Ryan Kwanten in Griff the Invisible.

Ryan Kwanten in Griff the Invisible.

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

Griff turns into a superhero at night. He's working on an invisibility suit.

Melody hopes that the shifting space between atoms will eventually permit her to walk through walls.

These two charming nerds are going to fall in love. Australian romantic comedy Griff The Invisible stars Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody as Griff and Melody, dweebish outsiders who are well matched in the ways of hope and imagination.

 

Griff wears a superhero costume at night when he roams his neighbourhood, foiling petty thieves and peeping toms. His work would be easier if he were invisible. By day, he's an office worker; ironically, Griff is invisible to his co-workers. He's the quiet nebbish nobody notices -- nobody but the office bully, of course. Tony (Toby Schmitz) delights in torturing Griff and making him the laughing-stock of the office. Griff eventually gets a bit of computer revenge on Tony, but that doesn't even the score.

Through his long-suffering brother, Griff meets Melody. She's attracted to him and drops over to his apartment, where she quickly discovers his superhero secret. Melody attempts to help Griff with his invisibility suit.

She believes in his power to uphold justice and defend the innocent.

Griff likewise is attracted to Melody, but there are a few issues. For one thing, Griff's brother is also in love with her. For another thing, Griff feels his life is too dangerous to include a girlfriend. But Melody understands the world Griff lives in so well ...

A misunderstanding threatens their growing relationship, but all's well that ends well in Griff The Invisible.

Despite the 'romantic comedy' classification, Griff The Invisible is often heartbreaking in its depiction of an outsider's loneliness and isolation. And Griff himself is obviously on the wrong side of eccentric.

Something about this feature never ignites; for starters, the film suffers from comparison to similar stories -- Defendor, Kick-Ass -- and it's overall a bit thin, emotionally speaking.

This one may have most appeal to those who want to see Ryan Kwanten in something outside of TV's True Blood. 


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