Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Reviews
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Actors: Will Ferrell, Emma ThompsonDustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director: Marc Forster

stranger than fiction

Harold Crick leads a rather dull life. He lives alone,works as an IRS tax collector and carefully counts the number of strokes while brushing his teeth every morning. Until one day when he starts hearing a voice that narrates his actions and thoughts. At first, Harold ignores what’s happening to him. But as the voice becomes more and more present and finally reports about Harold’s ‘imminent death’, his quiet, organized life is disrupted for good.

Little does Harold know, his life is actually being written by a real writer, Karen (played by a chain-smoking Emma Thompson) who had her moment of fame a decade ago but now suffers from an nasty writers-block.  She is unaware about the impact of her writing on Harold’s life.

If you are into movies with a somewhat surreal twist to it (like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), you have to see this one.  It is interesting to see, Will Ferrell, one of Hollywood’s most uninhibited actors,  putting such a restrained character on the screen without loosing credibility. As the story evolves and Harold, forced by his fast approaching ‘imminent death’, starts losing his rigidity, Ferrell gets to be his ‘old self’ more and more, adding a good deal of Ferrell-comedy to it all. Parallel to his search for ‘the voice’, there is also a romantic side to Harold’s story as he has a crush on Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a baker who is being audited by him but refuses to pay her taxes. The ‘love story’-part brings a nice balance to the whole and makes you feel more emotionally involved with Harold’s sad, nearing fate.

Stranger than Fiction, is comedy, drama and romance glued together in an ‘out of the box’ story. The impossibility of the whole situation and how every character deals with it makes watching it an enjoyable experience.


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