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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.
"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.
Proving that comic books aren’t just about antiheroes, gunplay, sex and action scenes, Harvey Pekar was one of the people who turned the idea of what was possible in the medium on its ear with American Splendor. The autobiographical comic books ran from 1976 through 2008 at varying frequencies of publication and delivered great stories about his own life.
To some that didn’t seem like a good idea for a comic book, let alone a movie. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini saw differently and wrote and directed this film adaptation of the same name as the comic which brought home a host of awards and nominations in 2003. Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis are simply brilliant as Harvey and…
But in a good way. Real life
Writ small with feeling.
An interesting way to do a biopic. Form and content compliment each other very well here.
An exploration of how a man's artistic explorations of his life create these weird meta-lives. We see not only the real Harvey Pekar, but his film self, his comic book self, and in an extra-meta scene we even see the movie version of Pekar watching a play version of his life, based on the comic book version of his life.
So... That play happened in real life.
And now the play has been turned into a play-in-a-movie about the guy's real life.
Ok I'll stop talking about that.
On the subject of the acting, Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis do a great job of…
"Wow, you're a sick woman."
"Not yet, but I expect to be."
Loved the style and form of the film. I can't remember having seen a film being done in this way before. I'm pretty sure this is going to enter my upcoming list of favourite american indie films about miserable nerds! It helps being into the comics of Crumb, and thinking that Paul Giamatti's one of the most underrated actors working in cinema today. Great film.
"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."
Paul Giamatti is wonderful as Harvey Pekar. Almost as good at it as Harvey Pekar was...
When you're watching this movie half awake in a super warm classroom and you're already emotional for some strange reason then the last 15 minutes makes you cry uncontrollably
this turns into synecdoche, ny so fast
Pro-tip: watch as a double feature with DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. You won't be disappointed.
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The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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