Daniel recommended Stranger than Fiction on his 3/10/07 Dining and Dancing Guide. I watched the film over the weekend and I agree with him, if you watch this movie, you won’t be disappointed. It’s an excellent feel-good romantic comedy. Unlike all other Will Ferrell films, this is not filled with his slapstick comedy routine from beginning to end, and that’s a good thing. I love the guy but sometimes his routine gets old during the course of a 90 minute movie. However, in this film, he shows us he’s more than just a SNL style comedian.
The film is laugh-out-loud funny at the start, then it smoothly transitions to a serious yet light-hearted romance between Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film also stars Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, a Professor who helps Ferrell understand the voices he’s hearing. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but trust me, this is a wonderful film and it will put you in a happy mood for the rest of the day. I loved it.
As a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggles with how to kill off her main character, IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) begins hearing her narration in his head and realizes he must prevent his own death. Crick’s world turns upside down, and it’s a life-or-death situation as he tries to persuade best-selling author Kay Eiffel to change the ending of her novel. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah lead the fine supporting cast.
Sameritech’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average, but watchable
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech