Stranger Than Fiction is a lovely film with a weird concept: what happens if you begin to hear your life narrated and the narrator mentions your imminent death? It happens to Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) in this smart and sweet movie.
It starts one fateful morning; while brushing his teeth Harold hears a woman narrating his boring, predictable life. He’s not thrilled, but when his upcoming death is mentioned he decides to find out what it all means. Meanwhile, reclusive Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) is struggling over her latest novel. Suffering from writer’s block she’s desperately trying to find a way to kill her protagonist, Harold Crick.
The real fun begins when Harold meets with a literature professor, played with gusto by Dustin Hoffman. In a hilarious scene Professor Hilbert tries to figure out what genre of literature Harold finds himself in. “Can you do magic?” Narrowing down the possibilities the main question is if Harold is in a comedy or a tragedy. This question is apropos about the film. Will Harold survive or will we see Harold meet his tragic end?
The script by Zach Helm doesn’t go for the easy laughs. Director Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) brings out a wonderful, believable performance from Ferrell. Harold Crick though boring, is a lovable character. We don’t want him to die, especially as we see him open up to what life has to offer, including a romance with baker Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Stranger Than Fiction offers a great cast and an intelligent script. Among the laughs there is a heartfelt story about finding love and fighting destiny.