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- lsdazraelFeb 16, 2007by
(For a plot synopsis, please click the link above. This review is a critique of the work, not a summary.)
Stranger than Fiction is far and away the best movie I have seen in months, possibly in the last year. I am utterly blown away. I mean, rarely do you find such a wonderful blend of humor, wit, meaning, and quiet humanity all in the same film.
As a comedy, it is wry and ironic. There is little physical comedy, and no toilet humor (not that I dislike either, but sometimes a change of pace is welcome). Though the film is clever, it is understated - a simple premise sets up the action , and from there the characters do all the work. And what wonderful characters they are!
Will Farrell is an amazingly good straightman in this film, something I never would have guessed from watching his oft over the top antics on Saturday Night Live for so many years. He plays a wonderful character with a subtle charm. Maggie Gyllenhaal (whose name I hope I spelled correctly) is wonderful as ever, and plays a character a bit more recognizable as a role you would think to see her in. Emma Thompson puts in, as usual, a very believable performance. And though her character is difficult to like at first, due only to the situation she's unwittingly put herself in, it is hard to be unimpressed with her acting. Queen Latifah, in a very serious role, is also good. So are Dustin Hoffman, and one of my favorite character actors, Tony Hale (Buster from the television series, Arrested Development).
I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. It is one of the few movies I've seen in the last few years that has truly earned its ending. It's not wrapped up in a little bow, and it does not come from nowhere and for no reason. The choices the characters make may surprise you, but it does not feel contrived; knowing the characters, as you do by the end of the film, their decisions make sense, and their motives are clear.
This is one I will watch again and again. I can't guarantee you'll enjoy it as much as I did, but I can hope.Read full review
- 4ec9325fba69c42...Jan 28, 2007by
Stranger Than Fiction
This is one of Will Ferrell's better movies. It's not what I was expecting from Will, usually his movies are always comedic, but this one has a more serious tone to it.
It starts out with a man named Harold Crick, who is an IRS agent. He seems to be an average boring man, nothing comedic or dramatic happens to him. One day when he begins his normal regime he hears a woman narrating his life to him. He can't get rid of the voice, and doesn't know what's happening. We, the audience, knows the narrator in Harold's mind is a writer working on her latest book. The narrating is very intrusive and distracting for Harold to go about his daily life, and gets even more complicated when the narrator informs Harold about his impending death. Harold decides to go to Professor Jules Hilbert for guidance; Jules has a lot of knowledge about books and helps Harold with his new problem. It takes some convincing, though, for Jules to believe Harold in the first place. During all this confusion Harold finds a love interest in a baker named Ana Pascal.
That's the shortened version, but of course there is a lot more to this film than just that.
The cast is amazingly put together in this movie, they include: Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah.
If you are a fan of Will Ferrell then you will definitely enjoy this movie!Read full review
- 8510fb15c31fc6c...Mar 08, 2007by
A Great Film With A Fun Cast And A Unique Story
Stranger than Fiction is a story about a dull IRS agent named Harold Crick whose life is turned upside down when he starts hearing a voice narrating his life. Will Ferrel shines in this lead role as a man who makes a transition from a dull and routine life to a vibrant and colorful one. The supporting cast is very strong with help from Dustin Hoffman and company. The story for this film is unique, fun, and memorable. Harold is an obsessive routine follower, counting the number of brush strokes he uses each morning as he cleans his teeth. Then, one day, his life is turned upside down as he begins to hear a voice narrate his every move and thought. He audits a beautiful and socially rebellious young woman who he falls in love with, and meets up with a quirky college professor who provides wacky advice. You'll be inspired by Harold as he struggles to find his way through ordinary and not so ordinary perils that confront him day in and day out. This movie has a lot of everything from comedy, to romance, to drama. It's a sure fire winner with any audience. Pick it up today!Read full review
- dmuch17Mar 06, 2007by
Will Ferrell delights yet again
Stranger Than Fiction is just a really great movie. I thought it'd be decent, but I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Will Ferrell is spectacular in a more serious role and he shows a side of himself we very rarely see. Even though Ferrell is in a serious role it doesn't mean you won't laugh your butt off while watching this film.
The story is great, original, emotional, funny and the supporting cast is amazing. Stranger Than Fiction will really open your eyes on a couple subjects and it teaches a great lesson in the end.
I highly recommend you check this movie out, whether you're a Will Ferrell fan or not... this movie is great.
Worth buying: If you're a Will Ferrell fan it's a definite must-buy
- tomgfootballMar 06, 2008by
Stranger than fiction
Truly fine, creative movie about a fiction writer and the real life person who is living out the writer's plot...including his impending death! Will Ferrell is great and it's nice to see him out of his usual gross-comedy genre. But Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal really brighten up this movie, as does Queen Latifah.
If there were more movies like Stranger than Fiction, I'd go to the movies more often. On Blu-Ray, this film really shines.