Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
Ages since i wrote anything here...
Stranger Than Fiction
"Stranger than Fiction" is essentially the story of Harold Crick, a man stuck in his life, doing the same things every day, dressing like Nic Cage in "Adaptation", working for the IRS and generally being all-round miserable.
Twist is, one fine day while brushing his teeth, he starts listening to a voice narrating his life...
The name Will Ferrell may not be the obvious choice for such a part, but then neither was Jim Carrey for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".
Ferrell makes it work though, with some spot-on facials and manerisms, his acting being the farthest thing away from "Anchorman" possible.
Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman are clearly having tons of fun with their second parts, taking it in turns to chew off scenery, with Hoffman pulling some cheap pops with "Rainman" references early on, trying to pin-point the type of book Harold's life is in a quite funny scene and Thompson as a seemingly semi-psychotic writer with writer's block.
The early parts of the flick are really good, with Ferrell being a complete efficiency freak, and some fantastic looking diagrams and numbers flashing on screen to accentuate that (think the IKEA phone ordering scene from "Fight Club").
He tries to deal with his voice through a couple of (crap) shrinks, before he gets pwned by Maggie Gyllenhaal's (adorable at times, sexy at others) baker/tattooed anarchist Ana ("...anarchists have a group?") while trying to audit her taxes before being caught staring at her chest.
From there on, things heat up when the narrator tells him he'll die.
Queue lots of romantic comedy cannon fodder between Harold and Ana with plenty of quirky post-modernist writing in a very similar style to "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".
Pretty good movie this.
Acting is very good, with Ferrell pulling off some pretty impressive understated drama and all the seconds having a blast.
The style of it especially in the early parts is great, and there are some really nice jokes in there albeit not in a laugh-out-loud kind of way since it's not that type of comedy (afforementioned Hoffman scenes and a really clever joke involving flowers...)
[spoiler]Ending was a mixed bag and it kind of lets it down a bit...it didn't have the balls to follow through with the rest of its script (as is common with this sort of high-concept stuff) and ends up feeling a bit too sugary for its own good, but still not bad by any means.
Recommended Great performances all around, some great stylings especially early on and some damn clever writing.
Oh, and if you're looking for a romantic movie to watch with the gf/bf but can't take cheap rom-com fodder, this is it.
P.S. If someone was to narrate my life, i'd choose Morgan Freeman.
...or Jason Mewes.
Avoid like the plague. Thou shalt always make fun of and berate this flick with all thy heart.
Not Worth It "It" being a cinema ticket. If it's a dvd a friend brought over for a night with mates, might as well.
Worth A Look Nothing special, but a decent night out at the movies.
Recommended A good movie.
Highly Recommended A really good movie.
MUST SEE~! If this was a wrestling match, it'd be ***** of Greatness.
Last edited by -GP-; 07-08-2008 at 06:10 PM.