The film's meta use of including the real Harvey Pekar to tell his own story was unique and refreshing, Giamatti and the rest of the cast inhabiting their roles perfectly. It has the wry humour and down-to-earthness of one of his comics, as well as a tinge of pathos, aided in part by the jazz cuts on the soundtrack. If you're interested in underground/alternative comics, this is a good movie to check out.
Our Daily Free Stream: American Splendor. American Splendor. - Eine Abschiedsparty für Harvey Pekar, bevor er den verdienten Ruhestand antritt. Pekar war sein Leben lang Angestellter im V.A. Hospital in Cleveland. 30 Jahre lang. Trotzdem ist Pekar einer der ganz grossen Helden aus der Welt der Graphic Novels... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Excellent bio of Pekar's life; Giamatti wears his persona like a second skin, Hope Davis establishes her character as the loving, patient, yet independent woman he marries. Crumb seems to take Pekar's contrary demeanor in stride, allowing for their beloved comic to take shape. A favorite..
rewatching this years later, after getting into the comics..I still like it... it's a love letter to Pekar's work but it's a little too meta for the material at times and the "comic panel" motif misses the point that American Splendor was a comic book by a guy who didn't like comic books (mostly). The actors deserve the praise they got because the pressures of having the real people in the movie had to be pressing.