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Stranger than Fiction (2006)

Stranger than Fiction (2006)


Will Ferrell
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Emma Thompson
Dustin Hoffman
Queen Latifah

Directed by Marc Forster

Stranger than Fiction is one cool movie to see and enjoy with the family.
It is not everyday we get to see a subdued Will Ferrell, in fact it is not everyday we get to see Will Ferrell play a character that is not over the top eccentric. Stranger than Friction is one of such movies that you get to see Will Ferrell play an everyday character going through a normal life. But as you can expect he added his regular comedic tone to it and you can see that much in his interactions with his love interest Ana.
The movie is fun to watch and it takes you through the dynamics of life facing ones impending death. Like having a cancer and told you have just three months to live.

The movie plot starts with a man named Harold (Will Ferrell) we get to understand that he works with the IRS and he is very meticulous. Does everything to a precision of time and when he gets up to start his day something changed, he started to hear a voice. It started when he asked someone for the time as his watch had stopped, the voice said "little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death". The voice is that of a woman (Emma Thompson) and she is narrating his life as he gets by living it.

Her narration had him spooked and he tried communicating with her, but could not get through. So, he went to see a doctor, who suggested that he should try to figure out as the story goes if the plot is that of a comedy or a tragedy. That did not help because at one-point Harold’s life was getting on well and he believes his life plot is that of a comedy and at another time it is down and he thinks it is a tragedy.
Things came to an awkward turn when watching TV and he was able to pinpoint the voice to that of an author who writes tragedy. He makes an attempt to meet her and explains to her that his life is the story she is writing.
How things further develop from here and the writer’s state of mind herself is left for you to find out when you get to see this movie. Stranger than Fiction was a critical success, but not a commercial one and it is one movie that had all the characters play a role that seemed they were born to do.


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