American Splendor (2003) – 3.5/5
Very creative and original. The movie becomes more real as time goes on.
Harvey is first presented as specifically NOT a superhero – the typical comic book basis. If anything, he’s a villian – he brings everyone down. The second event in the movie is his second wife leaving.
His friends move on to better things and he refuses to let go of his collection of records. He is self-proclaimed “doom and gloom” and he’s right.
It’s not that he sees the negative in things, he just doesn’t really care.
Paul Giamatti was spot-on as Harvey. Incredible performance.
It’s like reality comic books of a life that is real and a little identifiable. Sometimes a regular life is quite interesting. Actually, the tag line says it “Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”
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