Tuesday, May 11, 2010

American splendor(2003)

Avoid the reeking herd;
Shun the polluted flock,
Live like that stoic bird,
The eagle of the rock.

 Comic book mingles with real life which in turn, turns into reel life of the ordinary superhero-Harvey pekar....  Right form the the comic book type opening sequence, this semi-autobiographical work is captivating........The struggle of a ordinary man who could never rise out of his mediocrity but still attained idol status is nothing short of fantasy..........
The way the film was presented is quite exquisite.... Background commentary by real life pekar,who sometimes even came into foreground,added with glimpses from the original American splendor comics  helped to create the perfect concoction for an exquisite experience, .....
Harvey's life was complex, his loneliness,his queer companions,his search for love,his fight against cancer, everything was extraordinary within the realm of ordinariness...

Recommended to all those who like autobiographical works,graphical style  

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