Griff the Invisible

Thursday, December 08 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Griff the Invisible

JOY REVIEW

Griff the Invisible starts out as the Australian version of Spiderman with a kid who’s been bullied at work and bullied by his big brother, and he fights people in a suit that makes him look like Batman, but then decides he really needs to be invisible because he’s being hassled. It turns out that his big brother’s girlfriend believes if you re-arrange all the molecules and you align them up just correctly, then you can actually go through space, so she keeps banging her head against walls. And the two of them decide that they’re kindred spirits.  He decides to make his own invisible suit, which he believes makes him invisible and yet everybody can see him. In the suit, he stomps the bully at work, gets fired as a result, and then gets beaten up. His girlfriend, who was previously his brother’s girlfriend, decides to make him a real invisibility suit. So, it turns out that this isn’t really about superheroes, it’s about finding someone of a like mind that sees you the way that you really see yourself, so you’re not really invisible anymore. The problem is, the first three quarters of the movie is about a shlumpy superhero who is not really a superhero at all, and lamentably the people in it are not — they may be okay actors, but they’re not particularly attractive people. And to sit and watch their story for several hours, I know it sounds shallow, but they’re just harder to watch and then it turns out to actually be a love story. If they’d shorten the first part, you probably could tolerate it better.  It’s a love story about finding your own true love who lives in the same world and works on the same set of crazy assumptions you work on. As a superhero story, I’d give it one star. As a love story, I’d give it maybe a star and a half, but this is not going to make any money. If you’re looking for something a little offbeat, it may ring your charms a bit, but it’s more likely to be a DVD hit, but I’d give it no more than a star and a half.

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