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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.
A creatively-written and touching biopic, with outstanding performances by Giamatti and Davis.
American Splendor is one of the more unique biopics to ever come out. Based on the comic books and life of writer Harvey Pekar, the film blends a dramatized version of his life story combined with animation from his comics and documentary footage of the real life people to form one of the stranger, but most effective amalgamations of film genres in some time.
The funny thing is that, without the "backstage footage" as it were, this would still be a solid biopic dramedy. Though the real-life Pekar's narration provides a fundamental part of the script as it is presented, it's entirely possible that the drama could have been reworked to form a good movie. But with the narration and…
I'll let ya'll in on a little secret: I've never read a single American Splendor comic. I've been meaning to, I really have, but they're not readily available in my area and I'm not even making minimum wage at my waitressing job, so I have to be careful with money.
Anywho, the point is: Even though I've never read any of the comics, this still remains one of my favorite films of all time. It's interesting, engaging, visually pleasing, and just darn entertaining!
Being a fan of the American Splendor comics and Harvey Pekar certainly won't hurt your enjoyment for this movie, but--such as in my case--it's not prerequisite either. Pekar was certainly an interesting guy with an interesting story to tell.
Awesome movie, which can be found in full for free on YouTube so go check it out if you haven't already!
Part fact, part fiction, part documentary, part comic book, part interview and part movie. This was a wonderful juggling act of a film about a new kind of hero.
Giamatti is great & enjoy how it's presented with the narration & documentary style.
Nota = 8
birthday gift from sean, on vhs. watched in his bedroom.
Started two days ago, finished late last night with Shannon. VHS gift to her.
The most noticeable aspect of American Splendor is how it utilizes all filmmaking tools in its toolbox. Among others, it uses animation, shatters the fourth wall, and shows 3 different dimensions of its characters. Though Harvey Pekar is a little egotistical, this film is about personas, not egos.
Harvey once mentions the major disparity between him and his fictional self: one will live on forever. What this movie does is use the real Harvey as narrator, thus reflecting that perspective, as an observer and analyst of his past, and his other personas.
One of the most intriguing parts of Harvey's life story is that despite all of the publicity he received (i.e. David Letterman's talk show), fame eluded him. However…
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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