Jul 23, 2011

Stranger than fiction, 2006

Stranger than Fiction, 2006
Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Will Ferrel, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffmann

Stage: Home theatre

Stranger than Fiction in short:

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late

Preps: Again, a recommendation from the circle I trust that something recommended from this circle will play hard in my brains.

Reality: Perfect start. I feel like in a Truman show. It takes me a while to realize we are having a narrator present in one day of a single person - Harold Crick. Everything we see is a stage, until the guy realizes that he's hearing the voices. Therefore he has the power to influence his own life. Or doesn't he? The problem is, that something is already written down, in sense, he is performing it already, delivering what he's supposed to. The stuff that isn't already written down is something he can influence. In this sense, the viewer will always question, what is the written destiny of Crick and what is the one he's making at the moment he's in (like therapies with the shrink - Dustin Hoffman; looking for the writer of this play he's playing in, etc). Just to think that you are a writer and the character could hear you speaking about his life, is hillarious.

Somehow I switch to the perspective of Crick. He is changing his life as the writer is trying to write something else - at least this is how it seems. He meets a lady he likes and despite the business dispute they are having, turns the gig into a romance. Brilliant - and yet I think it isn't really written in the book. Somehow the awareness of being a character, makes him indulge the life more than he would probably if he didn't hear anything in the first place. The question here then is, which story are we following, the written one, or the side one? And the story of the writer is also brilliantly put - an addict that needs a personal secretary to finish up the job? I would make this an official business, but not only in the writer's world, also in other creative jobs, where the depression, followed by a wave of creativity, is absolutely a must. And in this sense, the job of such a secretary would come handy. I loved this side role.

The complete movie will rock your alternative mind. It will make you switch from the side of the spectator to the side of the role player. And you will get confused, which ending you would like to see. As set, the writer is a drama queen. And the Hollywood endings don't fit her.

My personal rate: 9,0 (somehow it reminds me of Allen's movies. I loved it and found it creative and fun to watch).

Stranger than fiction on IMDB

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