Harold's story is slowly coming together, but she has not yet worked out how he will die. Because of these issues, he is highly dependent upon his watch, to which he refers often but which he otherwise does not consciously consider. It has many comedic elements, and has some great dramatic sequences as well. This is a pathetically sad man who you cannot help but pull for as the film goes on. They all play well, and while I still would not give him a ton of credit, I was very impressed by Helm's first-time effort.
Harold's fate seems to be in Karen's typing hands, as his story plays out exactly when she types it out. She is battling a case of writer's block, and spends much of the film attempting to come up with the finale for the character. Imagine a Charlie Kaufman penned film where all the cynicism and nihilism is replaced with an endearing and heartfelt melancholy that creates a surprising amount of emotional involvement in characters who would've otherwise been over-reaching literacy devices, and you'll get a feel for the sincere type of entertainment Marc Forster's film provides. While a book-company employee Queen Latifah tries to cure the author's case of writer's block, the auditor and a professor Dustin Hoffman set out to find the woman and make her change her story. I was not a big fan of all the huge press first-time screenwriter Zach Helm was getting, but in comparison to the ballooning publicity with Sascha Baron Cohen and Borat! His writing feels vibrant and fresh, and in a film industry with absolutely little originality or thought, it is just great that movies like this slip through and get green-lighted.
Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah work well in supporting roles, supporting Ferrell and Thompson respectively as the film progresses on. Desperate to escape his fate, Harold seeks help from eccentric English professor Dr. On that note, much like my being impressed by Adam Sandler from time to time, Ferrell really pulls through here, and does give the best performance of his short career. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. Description Everybody knows that your life is a story. The Narrator, Kay Eiffel Emma Thompson , a nearly forgotten author of tragic novels, is struggling to complete her latest and best book, unaware that her protagonist is alive and uncontrollably guided by her words.
Despite his nature, he hates his job. You're just grateful to experience that giddy moment of pure movie entertainment. Synopsis Everybody knows that your life is a story. She is writing a novel about a character named Harold Crick, and is unknowingly the voice Crick keeps hearing. For its small problems, Fiction still is able to prove its worth, and is clearly one of the best films of the year. Fun supporting turns from Dustin Hoffman as a literary theorist employed by Krick to help find out if the story he is in is a comedy or tragedy, and Queen Latifah as Eiffel's no-nonsense publishing assistant help guide the viewers through imaginative stretches that are occasionally too clever by half. She literally lights up the screen.
What makes the film work the most are the brilliant performances from Ferrel and Thompson. Read on for a listing of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription choices - along with the availability of 'Stranger Than Fiction' on each platform. He brings an amazing sense of what this character is really about, and gives him a poignancy that makes him so life-like that it becomes almost too great to explain. Going along with the story itself, it feels a little ill-paced in some few instances, but for the most part sucks you right in and keeps you there. It will be able to stand proud among the other entries in the existential comedy genre, or just stand proud on its own. In reality, the voice in question belongs to famed novelist, chain smoking and nervous Karen Eiffel, who is under great pressure from her publisher as she has not written anything in ten years due to writer's block.
It felt silly in The Da Vinci Code, so why did Sony feel the need to add it here too? The most moving performance from Will Ferrel I have ever seen is within this film. Cast is terrific; those who usually over-act, e. It just feels like it is missing that spark that could have sprung it right into the brilliance that all films like this strive for. Maggie Gyllenhaal also shines here, and clearly has the makings for an Oscar sometime in the late future. .
Jules Hilbert Dustin Hoffman and finds unexpected comfort in a burgeoning romance with a defiant audit subject, Ana Pascal Maggie Gyllenhaal. Every piece of dialogue and background feels well expressed, and just play out astonishingly well. The pain and sorrow that goes through her face as she writes and thinks has a poetic excellence to it, and she only continues to prove how good of an actor she is. Unluckily for Harold, Kay's impatient publishers have unleashed a stern assistant named Penny Escher Queen Latifah to help the author finish her book and finish off Harold Crick. A feel-good movie, mostly comedy but with some tragic undertones. Who doesn't love Will Ferrell, but to see him in this role gives me a whole new level of respect for him as an actor. Latifah, while not in the film so much, is very good in her bit parts.
And for all the right reason too. The voice comes and goes over time, Harold not knowing the full story based on the missing parts. Go see it and take a friend. Dustin Hoffman and Will Ferrell, play it lower-keyed and believable. While a book-company employee Queen Latifah tries to cure the author's case of writer's block, the auditor and a professor Dustin Hoffman set out to find the woman and make her change her story.
Original storyline, fantastic performance from Ferrel, Thompson and Hoffman. I saw this at an advanced screening just days after suffering through Marie Antoinette. The Narrator, Kay Eiffel Emma Thompson , a nearly forgotten author of tragic novels, is struggling to complete her latest and best book, unaware that her protagonist is alive and uncontrollably guided by her words. Curious to know what the movie's about? Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight. And I still like the idea after having seen the film. What really seals the deal is Maggie Gyllenhal as Farrell's love interest, the anti-establishment baker he is assigned to audit. Thompson is another particular standout, especially in contrast to Ferrell.
Looking to feast your eyes on '' in the comfort of your own home? At this point you don't care how the film ends. On the topic of Crick however, I liked the idea of how neurotic and obsessive Crick was over numbers, but I thought it was a bit of an overkill to include special effect shots showing the numbers being counted within his head. Close to two hours but you won't be looking at your watch very often. Her books always end with the lead character dying. Without these two- the film couldn't have been pulled off! And sure beats some of the crap that's been released over the past few weeks.