Have to tell you about a film from 2006 that I hadn’t seen before last night (on DVD).
Stranger than Fiction stars Will Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and others in the strange story of Harold Crick, an IRS auditor, who suddenly begins hearing running narration in his head in a woman’s British accent. Unlike many people who would have just been locked up for such an affliction, Harold worked through it with the help of a Literature Professor (Hoffman) and fell in love with a woman he’d been auditing (Gyllenhaal)…
Quite a brilliant plot actually and the characters were infinitely likeable.
There’s more information on IMDB about the film here.
What to like? The plot was inventive and never really bogged down anywhere. The actors were great in their roles, each changing slightly as Harold worked through his “affliction”. There are amazing visuals at times during the narration where you get to see the statistics, for example, of how Harold brushes his teeth every morning or how his watch does the most interesting things.
What’s not to like? Nothing really. Everything in the film was there for a purpose and used very well.
Until next time…