Sunday, November 12

Stranger Than Fiction Review

Will Ferrell plays IRS agent Harold Crick in Stranger Than Fiction in which he hears Emma Thompson, a novelist who has writer's block and a penchant for killing her protagonists, narrates his mundane life. The one movie in a long while that is not falsely advertised. It is a great movie. I thought it would have a lame ending but it didn't. It is self-aware but not self deprecating. Now, this movie is not for people who liked Big Momma's House or Little Man. Harold Crick suddenly hears the novelist's voice who says he will die and goes for help to a psychiatrist says he may have a split-personality disorder but finally finds help a open-minded literary professor named Jules Hilbert (one of my favorite actors Dustin Hoffman).

To prevent from dying, he attempts diverting from his routine. Also in the movie, Emma has an assistant (Queen Latifah) who is sent to help her finish her ten-year project book cashes in her check as always but doesn't really pull down the movie. The movie boasts a great cast which may not normally be together. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, World trade Center) plays his love interest Ana Pascal who he is auditing and she is just lovely. You enjoy smart comedy with a character-driven plot, watch this one, it is a treasure. This movie also sports character-actors that may look familiar from commercials who plays Harold's co-workers but don't really do much in the movie but you might fear they will. Tony Hale (Arrested Development's Buster) plays Harold's only friend who is freaking awesome and wish he was more in the movie.

Even though it has some Sci-fi elements, it doesn't deal with them directly. At one point, the characters just acept that Kay is writing about Harold's life. I then go into thinking that if Kay does publish the book, it should be non-fiction. While the movie deals with allusions and characterization, it itself excells at not poking a hole for itself and suffer from being the opposite of what it is trying to achieve.

The script is awesome and written by virtual unknown Zack Helm and directed by Monster's Ball's Marc Foster.