Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction


What a surprisingly good movie this was. I heard that this movie received good reviews, but I was skeptical – as I am with anything that is seemingly hyped up too much. I did not even know that this movie existed until after I saw an ad for the DVD of this movie. I couldn’t believe that Will Ferrel did a movie and that I did not know about it and that it wasn’t at least a semi-hit, because it seems like anything he touches now is a hit. I don’t know how this movie was overlooked, because it is actually a clever, unique movie. The script is very well written, the characters are independently intriguing, and the direction of this movie is very good. This movie operates on two levels: that of the character and that of the writer. Harold Crick (Will Ferrel) plays the role of a character in Karen Eiffel’s (Emma Thompson) novel. Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Harold finds out that he is a character in someone’s novel and that he has no control over his death. He hears a voice in his head that seems to be narrating his life, which actually turns out to be the actual book being read aloud in his head. Will Ferrel does a great job playing a bland, regimented IRS agent. Emma Thompson does a superb job in playing a frustrated tragedy writer who has writer’s block and is trying to come up with a way to kill the main character (Will Ferrel – Harold Crick). That is at least before she realizes the real existence of her main character. Queen Latifah is also in the movie and plays Karen Eiffel’s secretary. Dustin Hoffman does a superb job of playing an aloof and eccentric literature professor who helps Harold Crick solve the mystery of the ambiguous voice in his head. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the love interest of Harold Crick. Crick encounters his love interest (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in this movie after visiting her bakery in order to notify her that she is being audited. The plot of the movie ias unique, different, and superbly well acted out. Every character in this movie has their own unique personality traits that differentiate them from each other – yet that are inextricably linked to one another. You have the depressed, frustrated, pessimistic personality of Karen Eiffel contrasting with the optimistic, determined personality of her assistant. You then have Harold Crick’s inaction and indifference contrasted with that of a passionate, rebellious baker who spurned Harvard to bake cookies. You then have Dustin Hoffman’s impatient, spontaneous personality interacting with Crick throughout the movie. All these characters play an important role in the life of Harold Crick and the possible end of it. I really recommend this movie to anyone who is in search of a DVD to watch.

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