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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.
"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 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…
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.
A fantastic, riveting, genuinely original slice of postmodernist cinema. American Splendor defies any preconceived expectations and remains a gleaming example of imaginative screenwriting and Filmmaking. An all-time favourite of mine.
"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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
2003 looks very very distant when you re-watch this clever, funny, moving, BOX-OFFICE FRIENDLY indie film about blue-collar characters having an odd, uncomfortable relationship, getting cancer & forming an unusual little family.
The finale with Harvey Pekar retiring and hoping he gets a few good years between getting his pension & the money from the movie and his death made me tear up a bit - he got exactly seven years. The average male life expectancy for Ohio is seventy-five, he didn't even make that. I wasn't a huge fan of American Splendor the comic at the time, being more into the Love & Rockets/Dan Clowes axis, but the further Pekar disappears in the rearview mirror, the more he seems like a genuine hero.
A vibrant telling of Harvey Pekar's life surrounding his rise to popularity through his comic American Splendor. Giamatti is great as Pekar and Pekar is great as Pekar. The film connects the viewer through both the actors and the real life figures it portrays which gives us insight to how Pekar wrote his comic and lived his life. Given the current monopoly of super hero blockbusters this film gives insight on individual creativity as opposed to basic character designs and flaws.
A biography that doesn't want to say anything in particular.
i think i have fallen in love with this film. i make comics, and once i discovered harvey pekar i realised just how much the format could do. i'm nowhere close to creating anything as beautiful as the work pekar managed in his life, but it's something i aspire to and continue trying for. not only did he revolutionise independent comics, but i also think he found the best in his collaborators. he gave crumb the humanity his work was sorely lacking beforehand, and managed to create stories that were sad, sweet and tender. and for a grump, he had a lot of warmth and love for the world around him
the film's genius is that it manages to get…
This was not what I was expecting
Que cosa tan más padre.
Me encantaron todas las ideas que hacen a la película/documental única y muestran uno de los filmes más optimistas sobre una de las personas más pesimistas del mundo.
Todo bien bien.
The first act is slow and doesn't do as much as the film does post-Joyce; but, overall, this is one of the best, most innovative biopics I've ever seen.
American Splendor lives up to its title. It's an American film and splendid.
Biopics can be tedious. Different topic, same result, that sort of thing. But not here, not with this underground comic book writer. I didn't know the guy, now I'll probably never ever forget him. A dark fella whose gloominess is just as funny as it is touching in a hybrid mix of film, documentary and comic book artistry. You'll get Pekar himself, the one played by an excellent actor and his drawn version. Every facial expression of Giamatti is spot on and the talks with the real life Pekar, neatly woven into the film, add a huge amount of flavor to the central figure.
Here you have somebody who transcends the often distant subject of a documentary and the commonly…
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