Crumb is a documentary film exploring Robert Crumb’s personal life, physical environment and the relationship between his career as a cartoonist and the BIG BAD WORLD surrounds him. After we’ve finally been exposed by the bizarre interests and one-of-a-kind worldview from the characters in this film, we may acknowledge that somehow their personalities are made as a product of social conformity. They chose art as an escape route, a corollary if you will, to avoid social pressure they couldn’t withstand and as a way to perfecting their craft by doing so.
Robert Crumb’s worldview and his satirical comments wasn’t vague and rather plausible for me to relate with. There’s some part of him that I understand. Like his sole perspective against all odds, his profoundness as how to see “our world”, such an idea.
Despite the fact that they were merely a dysfunctional family, we could see throughout the film a glimpse of love and care shown by the Crumb brothers. A glimpse of longing for each other. His relation with his brothers. That not so close relation, a relation one could only reminisce when they were younger. One true self they could expressed when they were kids.
And also while watching this poignant documentary, i feel like i was brought to a neighborhood where the characters from Gummo reside and enjoy their ‘life’ as good as possible in a dystopian society aside from the American dream. It’s like watching scenes from Napoleon Dynamite.
Robert Crumb as Kip, Charles Crumb as Napoleon Dynamite and Maxon…i don’t know, Uncle Rico perhaps.
While It’s pretty much hilarious for me to have discovered his sexual interest in particular which was not too explicit but more than enough for me to relate with his kinky-ness, i could also digest more to comic artist’s special interests in America and to find out more insights from its industry.