Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Reader's Diary #2203 - Adrian Tomine: Shortcomings

It was recently announced that Randall Park would be adapting Adrian Tomine's graphic novel Shortcomings into a film. 

Now having read it, I'm not sure how I feel about that news. I enjoyed the book, mostly, and for sure there's human interest, some humour, and current, important topics (such as internalized racism and toxic masculinity). These are all told through the lens of Ben Tanaka, a not-exactly likeable but entirely plausible guy with insecurities and a lack of self awareness. You suspect over the course of the book that he's approaching becoming a better person, but the story... well, comes up short.

We'll see if the screenwriters find more of sense of resolution. 

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