Stranger Than Fiction details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson, Tony Hale|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
Stranger Than Fiction
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Apr 2007|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Will Ferrell, an IRS auditor, suddenly finds himself the subject of narration that only he can hear. It begins to take over his life.
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Masterpiece of its typeBy BH101 (35 reviews) from Cambridge , 11 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This is, for me, the Groundhog Day of the 00s. It's a hugely engaging, quirky high-concept film which could have gone so horribly wrong in dozens of ways, and yet - it steers a path through all the potential traps to deliver something that is very funny, very moving and very memorable. Will Ferrell is perfectly cast as Harold Crick and rarely will you feel such empathy with a character in a film as he struggles to come to terms with the strange way in which his life is unfolding. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson bring a richness to their respective supporting roles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is as winning as usual as the love interest.
The script contains just the right balance of humour, pathos and drama. The opening few minutes may irritate you, as you adjust to the eccentric style and tone of this film, but once it hits its stride, it's truly captivating. There's not quite enough for Queen Latifah to do, and there are a few sections which drag a tiny bit around the middle, but these are small criticisms of a masterly piece of work, which offers something genuinely different and refreshing. The scene in which Hoffman attempts to discern by interrogating Harold what the nature of the narrative is in which he is the hero - a comedy or a tragedy - is a standout moment at the heart of this clever and superb film. I think people will be talking about this film in years to come in the same affectionate manner as they do Groundhog Day. But history may prove me wrong on that. It's just a great example of a film which gets pretty much everything right, and the result is sheer entertainment.
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I wish I hadn't seen it so I could enjoy it for the first time again!By a customer , 09 Sep 2012I absolutely loved this film. A gentle comedy with (that rare find) ideas and concepts underpinning it. Ideas that are thrown into the mix and played around with rather than trowelled on so thick that you cant miss the point or else hinted at as being so deep and meaningful that a mere you will never grasp them. Definitely not meant to be taken seriously but with a fantastically talented cast who take the business of black comedy very seriously and produce some wonderfully engaging characters. Suspend your disbelief and you wont be disappointed.
just my opinionBy emmamid (7 reviews) from Hull , 31 Jul 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Terrible! I was so bored i fell asleep both times i tried to watch it. Unfunny and really boring. If you want a funny film with Will Ferrell in rent the only one he ever managed to be funny in...elf!
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LOVED this filmBy Marino5549 (32 reviews) from London , 28 Jul 2012When I received this film I couldn't for the life of me remember why I'd put it on my rental list, but thank God I did. It's a fantastic film and I loved every minute of it. Will Ferrer is brilliant in his role and there are enough high-calibre actors too to make it a worthwhile watch. The story is intriguing and looked like nothing I've ever seen before. It had me hooked right to the end. A definite winner.
An existentialists paradiseBy surreygirl (20 reviews) from Sutton , 05 Jul 2012Mark Twain once said 'Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.'
In the case of this film, fiction becomes a reality, and it is very strange!
The film follows Mr Crick, a very average IRS Auditor completely obsessed with counting anything and everything (toothbrush strokes, taps in a mens toilet etc). His very boring life is suddenly interrupted by a narration of his life, all of which he is hearing in his head. Madness? Losing the plot entirely? What follows is a demonstration of how this narration affects every area of his life, even to his death, already decided by his narrator.
A hilarious film, with a fantatsic performance from Will Ferrell. Twists and turns from every angle with the inclusion of the mad professor part from Dutsin Hoffman. This is the sort of weird cult film that may put many people off, but stick with the wierdness. It pays off in the end. This film a great comment on existentialism, the idea that we are not in control of our own fate, and whether we are really here at all.
I recommend this film 100%, especially for those who are unsure whether to take a chance. Im sure Mr Crick would agree that life is too short not to take a chance.
Charming and delightfullBy a customer , 12 Jun 2012Fantastic Film and extremely charming performance from Will ferrell in a much more softer comedy. One of a must buys to a dvd collection list.