When The Truman Show was coming out the same year as Ed TV, the filmmakers were quick to point out that — although both dealt with a character whose life was a reality show – they are different movies.
Well, after super hero movies that dealt with regular people wanting to be super heroes, this well has been tapped dry.
I wasn’t a fan of Kick-Ass, but I loved Super (Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page), which came out earlier this year.
Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) is a perfect fit for the title role, sitting shyly in his cubicle and being picked on by a co-worker. There were a few humorous office scenes that reminded me of the British version of The Office or Office Space. Things were starting off so well with this film (right up to the opening Oscar Wilde quote that started the movie)
I never bought Christian Slater’s shyness in Pump up the Volume, but Kwanten sells it well here. And where Slater opened up behind the microphone as a DJ, Kwanten sheds his business suit for a super hero suit, fighting crime around his apartment.
His brother (Patrick Brammall), who brings up the trouble Griff’s gotten into in the past following this daydream, is also a character that works.
When he brings over Melody (Maeve Dermody), who also appears socially inept, the girl takes more of a liking to Griff. Perhaps he’s not as invisible as he thinks. As this new romance progesses, it seems more and more forced.
Even if I hadn’t just seen the superior Super a few months ago, I still wouldn’t have liked this. What’s more frustrating is the fact that I was bored. That’s something I very seldom am in movies – even films I give bad reviews to (ie Tree of Life).
Director Leon Ford is a writer (the novel What Doesn’t Kill You) and an actor (The Pacific, Tsuanmi: The Aftermath). This is his first feature film as a writer/director and he does a poor job developing the tone for the concepts he’s after.
There might be a mildly amusing scene (an interaction with the clerk of a hardware store), followed by countless scenes with horrid dialogue that isn’t the least bit interesting. Just being a quirky indie picture isn’t enough. And quirky movies are usually filled with originality, not clichés.
Even scenes that weren’t clichés, I could think of other films that did similar scenes better (one being the invisible suit, which was funnier in the “Son of the Invisible Man” segment of Amazon Women on the Moon).
If you’re itching for a quirky movie, go see The Future if it’s still out.
This movie gets ½ star out of 5.