It is considered “comedy”. It’s not a classic one, maybe a black comedy, anyway, it’s subtle. It’s Will Ferrel‘s most serious role in his entire acting career, or I consider it so. It’s also considered “drama”, “fantasy” and “romance”. I suppose these genres are more appropriate with this sensitive movie. I’ve seen it a few years ago, maybe just in the released year, 2006, I’m not sure anymore, and I was extremely pleasant impressed. As Adriana Popovici uses to say about a perfect made film, it is “flawless”.
I is a fantasy about an IRS agent, quite excessively methodical, played by Ferrell, who started to hear a narrating voice. The interesting fact is that the narration is about himself and it’s pretty accurate. And from that, the whole point of the movie, he hears thet he is going to die. He went to his psychiatrist (Linda Hunt), where they figured out as long as his life became a narration, maybe he has not schizophrenia, maybe he needs a Literature specialist. So he meets Dustin Hoffman, a real PhD. In the meantime, at work he has to audit a beautiful and witty cookie baker who act as an anarchist by not paying the taxes completely (she was a Harvard or Yale or something dropout in Law). She deducted the percent which she knows it goes to fund War, and by not paying it, she demonstrates her form of protest.
The cynical professor devised a method with they were gonna find out in what kind of narration is Ferrell subjected, a comedy or a tragedy. Ferrell found that the voice is Emma Thompson‘s and started to find her, no matter Hoffman’s tries to discourage him. Being an IRS agent, it was normal to find her, with her assistant, played by Queen Latifah. In this superb movie, we have also the opportunity to meet Amadeus, I mean Tom Hulce. I hope you’re aware I haven’t disclosed much from the subject. I don’t like to spoil a movie here. You may read this even if you haven’t seen it, your surprise will be intact. I really don’t like the critic who start with the end of the movie or quite tear the curtains on a movie.
Director Marc Forster is very volatile, we know him from a very mixed range of movies: Everything Put Together (2000), Monster’s Ball (2001), where he directed Halle Berry through Oscar, Finding Neverland (2004), made because he declined to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He seems to be very alert to his image as a director. It is said that he refused an offer of $500k at a time when he lived from borrowed money, to direct something he didn’t believe in. Interesting. Let’s see what else has he directed, aside from Stranger Than Fiction: Stay (2005), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Machine Gun Preacher (2011), and World War Z (2013), a movie probably closer to his beliefs. I’m being nasty by saying that, but I don’t believe in zombies, and the continuing propaganda about any zombie invasion or transformation or whatever, became to stretch my nerves.
Stranger Than Fiction, a film released in 2006, 7.7 imdb rate, 113 minutes. I don’t end with the trailer because I’m afraid of spoilers. This is a movie I have enjoyed.
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