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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…
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.
Brilliant. The ending, with the retirement party, always makes me cry -- especially knowing that Harvey didn't live much longer than this movie.
It always makes me want to read the comics again.
American Splendor is a hard movie to place in a category. Is it a comic book movie? Well yes, it is based on The American Splendor comic but at the same time its a biography since the comic was written by Harvey Pekar about his own life.
Another thing that makes this movie a strange is the fact that Harvey Pekar is played by Paul Giamatti but Pekar himself is still in the movie in a white room between scenes as is all of the other real life people that the actors and actresses are portraying in this movie. Its very interesting to see Giamatti playing Pekar in one scene and then you see the man himself in the next…
Having previously read 'The Quitter' and just recently finished an anthology of (I think) 'American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar' and 'More American Splendor' I thought it would be a good time to revisit this biographical comedy-drama film.
Technically this must be one of the best comic book adaptations as it perfectly captures the source material. Everything is spot on from the casting, to the music, to the mood, to the meta approach.
Unfortunately it captures the books so well that it also suffers from the same problems. Ordinary life might be pretty complex stuff but I mostly found the books to be a slog, with the occasional poignant or funny moment not enough to divert me from the dullness.
Having a clearer narrative than the anthology certainly helped the film but, like the books, I admire the intent rather than enjoying the end product. 5/10.
Began my lifelong love affair with Paul Giamatti. This isn't a bad thing.
An endearing look at the comical, yet tragic life of an everyman.
Offbeat and interesting. Harvey Pekar's appearances on Letterman were always memorable.
Paul Giamatti is a force to be reckon with! Top five comic book movies ever made for me!!!! You're asking, "Wait isn't it a biopic?" And I say to that isn't every origin based comic book movie a biopic?
While everyone tries to be a hero, they forget that they are the heroes of their own lives. The basic idea of someone observing his own life could become an amazing experience and it's all basically thanks to Harvey's personality.
This film fills me with the hope of a stressed spectator of life, which is Harvey Pekar. An excellent film and an honest biography.
I recently decided to go on a Paulie G-athon and figured I'd start here after seeing the film play silently on the wall of a Barcade in Portland. I ordered the movie off Amazon and after a long day of work put it in the 'ol PS3.
Suffice to say I'm excited to continue the Paulie G-athon.
American Splendor follows underground comic writer Harvey Pekar through various stages of his life which he makes a comic book about. The whole thing get's pretty meta when real life Harvey Pekar starts narrating the film and giving interviews in front of a "sketch" of the scene previous.
Throw in a little animation and you have one of the most unique films ever…
Harvey Pekar, though a depressing wretch, is a pretty fascinating guy: part-time comic book artist, full-time file clerk at the Cleveland. V.A. Hospital. This film explores all 360 degrees of Harvey: the real, the portrayed, the animated, the idealized.
So what is so spectacular about Harvey? Well, not much, unless you consider the unflinching honesty with which he reflects his own life and worldview. Which is a combination of humor and misery.
The film is a rather brilliant collage of real interviews, re-enacted events, animated sequences, humor, tragedy and real people interacting with their onscreen counterparts. Real life and dramatic interpretation are skewed, and may be irrelevant.
The true focus is Harvey himself, a normal guy with a keen gift…
The life of underground comic book artist Harvey Pekar. What an original film. The scenes with the real Pekar on the set of the film are unexpected and exciting. Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis both give dazzling career-best performances, and the script gives allows them a lot of fun. A great film.
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