ROMANTIC COMEDY; 1hr 33min
STARRING: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Patrick Brammall
Super geek: Kwanten
A person’s appearance is never their entire story, especially in the case of 28-year-old office mouse Griff (Kwanten). In his job as a customer liaison officer, Griff has the cowed and self-effacing meekness of an habitual victim. He’s the last person you’d expect to be slipping into a skin-tight superhero suit after dark in a never-ending quest “to rid this city of evil in the name of justice.” But that’s exactly what he’s up to — in deepest secrecy, of course. The only person who really gets Griff is the similarly misfitting “experimentalist” Melody (Dermody), who is all about challenging preconceptions. She is also dating Griff’s protective elder brother, Tim (Brammall), but takes a fancy to the elusive Griff, in whom she recognises a kindred wild child.
True Blood ’s Kwanten isn’t an obvious candidate for geekhood but he looks and feels the timorous part, and besides, this inventive feature debut from film-maker Leon Ford isn’t interested in the obvious. Kooky but non-cutesy, unhinged yet heartfelt, it’s an avowal of faith and love moving mountains for people who need all the miracles they can magic up.