Louisa Claire

Stranger than Fiction

Welcome to the second Monday Movie Musings . This week I am reviewing Stranger than Fiction starring Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffmann. For those who haven’t heard of it before Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS worker who audits people who haven’t paid their taxes. One morning while brushing his teeth, Harold’s ordered world is turned upside down when he begins to hear a woman’s voice narrating his life. It seems Harold has found himself as the leading man in someone’s novel. The problem for Harold is that he’s the only one who can hear her.

As the voiceover continues, Harold begins to stumble through the days feeling more and more distressed until he hear’s some terrible words about his future…

With the help of Professor Hilbert (Hoffman), Harold sets about to discover who the voice belongs to & how to stop it. Harold must ask himself Am I living a comedy, or a tragedy? The ramifications of this question lead Harold on a quest for the life he’s always dreamed; enter the beautiful Ana Pascal…and a guitar!

There are some really interesting elements to this film such as how far do the actions of Harold’s life impact what is written about him? Can he change his fate simply by living differently? How do fate and free intertwine in his life? While these questions aren’t worth thinking about too closely (it’s not designed to answer the questions & it doesn’t – you would find more than a few holes in the story by digging too far) they are interesting questions and the film does get you thinking. Certainly, the way Harold deals with this strange new world he finds himself in is quite thought-provoking.

It’s a fun movie, very different from Will Ferrell’s other movies – makes for good viewing & of course i love the romantic element, but it’s not fantastic, the acting isn’t groundbreaking and the plot – while fun, is also flawed. I give it 3 stars.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve seen this movie.
‘Til next time
Happy viewing!

Thoughts on “Stranger than Fiction

  1. I thought this movie had a lot of similarities with Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. While the stories are completely different, the existential concepts of not being entirely in control of your life due to fate / actions / God whatever is present in both.

    ESSM is by far my most favourite movie ever and while Stranger than Fiction doesn’t knock it off the top, it pulls in somewhere around 3rd or 4th on that list.

    I gave it 4 stars.


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