The wonderful Stranger Than Fiction mixes fantasy, drama, sentimentality and humour into an exquisite cocktail of existential thoughts and warm, fuzzy feelings. Zach Helm’s original and award-winning screenplay is a gem. Marc Forster’s direction highly entertaining.
The protagonist, played beautifully low-key by Will Ferrell, is a character you will deeply care for but also smile at when things go wrong for him. Ferrell is supported with great performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, once wrote: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For Will Ferrell’s character, Harold Crick, IRS auditor, this has never been more true.
This film is a joy to watch.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. If there is one film you should watch without knowing anything about the storyline beforehand, it is this one.
The following trailer explains the whole story from beginning to end, completely ruining a whole series of amazing surprises. You have been warned!
Title: Stranger Than Fiction
Direction: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Zach Helm
Cinematography: Roberto Schaefer
Editing: Matt Chesse
Score: Britt Daniel, Brian Reitzell
Stars: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah