Stranger Than Fiction

March 20, 2010

Stranger Than Fiction

This comedy, directed by the same man who made Finding Neverland, is the funniest film that Will Ferrell has ever been in, and the best film that he’s ever been in.  He goes away from his traditional juvenile humor to a much more sophisticated well created story.

Will Ferrell plays an IRS editor who starts hearing a voice in his head, narrating his very boring, very routine life.  The voice goes into specific details, how many strokes he uses to brush his teeth or how many steps he takes to get to his bus.  And it isn’t limited to the mundane aspects of his life, but it goes into his love life, his job, everything.  It does him good, as well, taking him out of his normal mundane, repetitive life into something much more interesting and exciting.

This is a much smarter comedy then Ferrell is normally involved with, and he pulls it off extremely well.  It is disappointing to see him back in the routine of stupid comedies.  But he has shown that he does have actual acting chops and actual talent.  Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman round out the big names in the cast and all do a good job.  Ferrell steals the show in terms of his performance, though.

Visually this film is almost as good as Finding Neverland.  Marc Foster does a very good job creating a world that isn’t as detailed and fanciful as the world of Finding Neverland, but is large enough and sterile enough for the world of an IRS Auditor.  Very little of the world has all the much detail and creativity, but when he needs to create it, such as for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character’s shop, there is a whole lot more depth and detailed interest created in the season.

This is a film combines drama and comedy very well.  It is much more serious then anything else that Will Ferrell has done.  This seriousness and a smart funny well written comedy take this film to a very entertaining level.

Entertainment Grade: A-

Critical Grade: B+

Overall Grade: A-


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