Stranger Than Fiction



Year: 2006

Country: USA

Director: Marc Foster

Cast: Will Ferrel (Harold Crick), Emma Thompson (writer Karen Eiffel), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Ana Pascal), Dustin Hoffman (Professor Jules Hilbert)


Harold Crick seems to be living the most monotonous life in the world. As the movie begins, we can hear a voice narrate: “Every week day for twelve years, Harold would brush each of his thirty-two teeth seventy-six times. Thirty-eight times back and forth, thirty eight times up and down…” and this way, the voice continues describing every tiny detail of his obsessively organized routine. This routine remains unbroken until a wednesday morning, when something incredibly strange occurs.

While brushing his theeth, Harold hears a voice. Harold hears a voice of a woman telling a story. The voice of a woman telling HIS story, as if he was the character of some book, what happens to be terribly annoying and problematic, and turns into something far much serious when a single sentence is said:

“Little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death“.

That’s quite an interesting way to start a story, isn’t it? Well, I must say that Stranger Than Fiction is one of the most original movies I’ve ever seen. To begin with, the whole idea of it is highly original, but it’s not just that. It’s also the way the story is told, and all the little details in it. Like the numbers, lines and maps that appear on the screen illustrating Harold’s thoughts. This movie is quite out of the ordinary, and it’s a rather good choice when trying to find something different to watch.

Having finished the movie, one doesn’t get the feeling that it was just a piece of entertainment. There’s definitely something more in it. And what is that? A bit of varied things, I guess. What you would do if you knew your life was coming to an end, how we should pay more attention to little things in our lifes because after all they’re the most important… and the enormous effect this little things can cause (what we call the butterfly effect). Everything combined in a way that leaves the viewer wondering and wearing a smile on their face.

I also think that the movie manages to deal with this peculiar topic in a way that doesn’t look too ridiculous (and making the story of a man whose life is controlled by a writer not look ridiculous is a pretty difficult task). I didn’t feel like watching something stupid or awkwardly fake. On the contrary, this film is exquisitely made. Besides, I really like Emma Thompson’s acting, and though I’m not so sure about Will Ferrel, he didn’t do a bad job either.

Stranger Than Fiction engaged me from the beginning and got me eager to see how it would end because I wasn’t able to figure it out on my own. I don’t regret watching it at all, and I really think you should give it a try. ♣

Watch a trailer ↓ (or don’t, it kind of spoils you many things!)

– Written by GuadiRC –


19 Responses to Stranger Than Fiction

  1. Pingback: Movies – Stranger Than Fiction | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. i’ve been meaning to see this movie, but i’m not much of a will ferrell fan. your review is quite engaging though. i may have to check this out 🙂

    • fictionworms says:

      I don’t know if I’ve seen any other movie starring Will Ferrel, but according to what I’ve read, this movie is different from all the others he has worked in. Like Jim Carrey in Number 23 or in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind… no grimaces or anything of the sort 🙂 So, yeah, you should check it out :]
      BTW, thanks a lot for passing by!

    • fictionworms says:

      Yeah, when he’s not in one of his comedy roles, you get to see what an amazing actor he is. I love the man, really.

  3. Bluej says:

    yea im not a big will ferrel fan either but i enjoyed this movie it was creative and witty and great review!

  4. Ben says:

    I haven’t watched the movie but it looks good. The lines and numbers you mentioned reminds me of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

    PS: I have found a post about Tim Burton. I thought you might like it. Vincent is there!

    • fictionworms says:

      Oh, I read your review about that movie! But I’m still not so sure whether I want to see it :/

      Thank you for the link, Ben! That looks like such an awesome exhibition! I loved the Jack’s faces ♥ (from The Nightmare Before Christmas) and the dummies from The Corpse Bride. I would like to have one of those 😀

      • Ben says:

        The movie presents many game references so you might get lost on the humor. But I was encouraged because of the presence of Michael Cera. I adore his Superbad and Nick and Nora’s Playlist.

        Me too. I want them, all of them. ha ha. But it would be great just to see them in real life. Unfortunately, it’s over seas. Darn! Why did the Pangaea split into continents. :/
        Too bad, I haven’t watch Corpse Bride but I heard it was amazing.

    • fictionworms says:

      Did you like Superbad? xD I remember I watched it with a friend a couple of years ago because some people had recommended it to us, however, we thought it was a really bad movie! We laughed a lot anyway 😛 but it was bad indeed, hahaha. Isn’t that actor also in Juno?

      • Ben says:

        I thought it was hilarious. The movie was funny and the same time effectively telling a story. There are only few movies that does that. (One of them is this movie and “Knocked-Up”)

        Yes, he is the lead actor from Juno. However, in all of his movies, he plays the same character – a stupid, single-minded teenager. Yes he is good at that and it works but it would great to seem him in another movies.

        PS: I just watched “The Other Guys” and I think the lead actors are the same with this movie. It wasn’t very funny though.

      • fictionworms says:

        We didn’t like it, but yeah, there’s a lot of people who think it is hilarious. I always wanted to see Knocked up, but I never did 😛

        There are many actors like that, who always play the same character. They’re usually good at it, but it’s always the same. I can think of Adam Brody, for example (he started with the series The OC, and was also in movies like Mr&Mrs Smith, or in In the Land of Women starring Kristen Stewart).

  5. Julieta says:

    Great review! One of my favourite movies ever! I just watch it and watch it whenever I can, whenever is on.
    The best scene for me: Will playing the guitar in Anna’s living room and the follow-up kiss with the sentence “I want you”.
    The soundtrack is also amazing as well as the acting. I fully agree that Emma Thompson couldn’t be better and that Will Farrel, like Jim Carrey in the movies you mentioned, delivers an outstanding performance. I had my doubts when I found out they were starring those movies, but they managed to blow my mind.
    Watch it, everybody, and you won’t regret it!

    • fictionworms says:

      I also loved that scene!! ♥ It’s one of those that makes you go back and see it over and over again 😛 The movie has been on the TV very often lately, so you must be really happy, haha 😀
      Thank you for your comment! :]

  6. Julieta says:

    Yes, that’s right. I’ve even shared it in my facebook account. Thanks for your answer!

  7. Ben says:

    Just watched this film. Haha. You were all along. This film’s premise is quite overwhelming but the it manages to fill it with a cup that we can swallow. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just the right amount of temperature to swallow.

    P.S. In case you don’t know, the lines and numbers appearing in the beginning is known as motion graphics. :]

    • GuadiRC says:

      That’s right, this movie’s got just the perfect amount of craziness. BTW, you’re cup analogy is great! 🙂

      PS: I knew about motion graphics, but I never realised that could be the name for the lines and numbers at the beginning. Thanks 😉

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