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Ordinary life is pretty complicated
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
This is one of the best biopics I've ever seen. It seamlessly blends documentary-style real life interviews, historical footage, animation, and actors' interpretations of the real-life personalities involved. It's really a phenomenal model, and I greatly enjoyed the attempt as a unique and wonderful piece of indie filmmaking. However, despite all of that originality and the exciting story-telling techniques employed… it's mind-numbingly boring. It isn't a long film, but it felt like it took me forever to trudge through it!
American Splendor is the true story of comic book author Harvey Pekar: native of Cleveland, Ohio and the very definition of the "every man." He has a dead-end job as a clerk in a VA hospital, but he has a…
"If you're the kind of person looking for romance or escapism or some fantasy figure to save the day... guess what? You've got the wrong movie."
From the very opening scene co-directors, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, present us with a rather unconventional film by blending a feature narrative with documentary style footage. Through voice over narration, Harvey Pekar, introduces his character played by Paul Giamatti as an ordinary man living a complex and depressing life. So while this biopic follows a traditional narrative style, it also interrupts it by showing documentary footage of the real people being portrayed in the film explaining the events that took place. The film also includes animation throughout the narrative from Pekar's underground…
American splendor is hard to put into words but I will just say I was glad to see Paul giamatti doing a better performance after seeing him as the atrocious rhino at the end of amazing spiderman 2.
"American Splendor" is a beautifully-written, darkly funny, stylish film about everyman Harvey Pekar living within the bounds of ordinary life. And as Harvey puts it, "Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."
This is gonna be a tough one to review.
I'm usually an advocate for innovation in film and American Splendor is, no matter how I slice it, a breath of fresh air. Not only does it depict the story of peculiar people, but it also does it in an inventive way, rather than just splicing some indie music over some long, wordless long takes and calling it a day. But at the same that I was watching the film and mentally applauding the filmmakers, I was also realizing another thing: I didn't care for anything or anyone in this film. I like the execution, I like the acting, I like practically everything on…
American Splendor is one of those films that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling afterwards but you're not sure why. By no means your average true story, American Splendor blends fact with fiction to create a slightly surreal world. Surreal, because it's so down-to-earth.
Veering between comedy and drama, Harvey and Joyce's story is uneven but so is life and "American Splendor" captures that reality beautifully. A clever approach that works has the real Harvey, and to a lesser extent the real Joyce, alternate with Giamatti and Davis in telling their tales.
The "What's in a name?" monologue is pretty damn fantastic.
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5. A biopic film!
American Splendor is lovingly defined by its humble quirkiness and a strong lead that easily guides the viewer with the subject's uncanny behavior. the film's uniqueness in presenting the life that was once lauded as a running punchline, by a world renowned late night host, was actually just a piece of a pie; as the whole pie exhibits the same predicament as that one piece even without the downtrodden flair. this movie is truly effective to let the viewer crave for more Harvey Pekar despite such reality that such personality is unsurprisingly an odd individual in real life; in which, we…
This has been on my radar for a while, but I didn't really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see a genuinely unique film and an equally unique story.
Paul Giamatti was as great as always and having the real people in parts was a nice touch.
How many films have a hypochondriac, grumpy, elitist, sad sack downer as their hero and make him likable?
For that alone its well worth it
You can tell this is an actual good movie because Judah Friedlander ditches that World Champ shtick and actually does some acting here. I didn't even realize at first that it was him playing the near inimitable Toby Radloff.
I tried watching this when I was still in high school but sort of faded out, even though I was enjoying it. Over a decade later I'm graduated, married, working a garbage job, striving to be creative, and generally disillusioned with life. I'm Harvey Pekar now, right down to the probable-but-undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder. And I'm sure a lot of us are Harvey at heart. He probably wouldn't believe that for a second and that's what made him who he was.
"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."
This will probably be a five star once I watch it again.
One of the most unique takes on a biopic I've seen in a while. American Splendor has a ton of laughs, but also a whole lot of heart as well.
Paul Giamatti plays Cleveland legend Harvey Pekar in this darkly comedic adaption. The film just oozes Cleveland/Ohio and as an Ohioan I respect that. The dreary/depressing attitude this film compiles battered along with the dark humour works perfectly. An interesting film about an interesting dude.
Harvey Pekar should've been the first immortal man.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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