Movie Review – Stranger Than Fiction (2006)


I was drawn to the movie considering its different plot. But sadly, it didn’t live completely up to the expectations.

This is a story about an IRS Agent, Harold, who begins to hear a narration about his own life. Initially baffled, he takes the help of a psychiatrist but to no avail. Tragedy strikes when the narrator mentions about Harold’s imminent and impending death. This prompts him to take the help of a literary professor, Jules Hilbert, to make some sense of this weird situation.

Professor Hilbert tells Harold that he cannot control the fate and that only the narrator has the power to decide when and how his life would end, and therefore suggest that he re-examine and live his life fully and do the things that he always wanted to do.

Harold accidentally discovers who the narrator is and must find the author to change the ending of her story to keep him from dying.

This movie has received good rating on IMDB, which I personally don’t think is justified really. The movie keeps you glued till the end just because you are curious to find out how the story will end and how will Harold die. If it wasn’t for the curiosity, i wouldn’t have really been interested till the end. And the ending totally disappoints and makes the whole movie just pointless.

Watch it if you have no other better movie with you and want to watch one which will keep you glued till the end.

Trivia:

  • IMDB Rating – 7.8/10
  • Metascore – 67/100
  • The watch featured in the movie is a Timex Men’s Watch #T56371 – Ironman Triathlon 42 Lap Combo Dual Tech, though in the film, the watches LCD display is CG enhanced to present clearer graphics. The actual watch is a simple 9 segment per character LCD alphanumeric mode display with three lines and some special-indicators.
  • The guitar chosen by Harold is a Fender Stratocaster.
  • The name of Ana Pascal’s bakery is “The Uprising”.
  • While filming, Will Ferrell had an earpiece that fed him Emma Thompson‘s narrative line in order to assist the other actors react more naturally to Ferrell’s seemingly non-sequitur lines.
  • The film borrows heavily from ‘Niebla’ by Miguel de Unamuno, a Spanish novel about a character who becomes aware he is being narrated by a writer and goes to visit him. However, in Unamuno’s story, the main character commits suicide.
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