Review: Stranger than Fiction

Muse and I watched the Will Ferrell movie Stranger than Fiction last night. Considering it didn’t do very well in theaters even though it had a great cast, I thought I’d put my two cents in for the DVD rental crowd. To sum it up quickly, if you’re looking for an original movie with a wonderful cast and some witty humor as well as some serious thought then you should run out and rent this movie.

For those of you who don’t like the grotesque quantity of Will Ferrell movies dealing with goofy parodies of sports or make-believe psuedo celebrities, this is the movie for you. Ferrell truly acts in this movie and though his quirky nature comes through from time to time, he’s playing a real person in this movie and he’s actually quite good at it. Truthfully, if he would make more movies like this instead of the make-a-quick-buck movies that are basically SNL skits gone wrong, I would have a hell of a lot more respect for him as an actor instead of just a fairly funny guy who does dumb movies.

The odd thing is how poorly this showed in theaters. The critics gave quite favorable reviews. Ferrell plays alongside Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson to great effect. And yet it made only a fraction of the box-office dollars that his other bizarre movies made. Don’t take me the wrong way, I enjoyed Talledega Nights and Anchorman but they pale incomparison to Stranger than Fiction now that I’ve seen Will Ferrell in a role that shows that he really can act and not just be loud and stupid.

Like I said, this is a truly original movie, so don’t expect anything typical. And pay attention. It’s not the most complicated plot, but there’s lots of little things you might miss if you don’t sit down and enjoy the movie. I highly recommend it and I hope some of you out there take a chance on it.

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5 Responses to “Review: Stranger than Fiction”

  1. jason says:

    Well done. I usually don’t like Will Ferrell movies, but this one was great. I actually own it on DVD.

  2. yoshi says:

    I have this one on DVD. I think it’s in my list of “not opened yet” DVD’s. guess I have to open it up.

  3. Insomnic says:

    I agree with cybr here — I’m not a big Will Ferrell fan but this move made it possible for me to respect his skills despite the other crap.

  4. rev_matt_y says:

    I’ll ad that to the netflix list. I generally avoid Will Ferrell movies on the principle that they’re amusing 5 minute SNL sketches stretched out to 90 minutes. Badly. Much like Adam Sandler movies. Or Mike Myers movies. I think all three of them are very talented and, as you note, usually go for the big paycheck rather than demonstrating their true abilities.

  5. Insomnic says:

    @rev_matt_y I’ll have to disagree about Mike Myers movies by using “So I Married an Axe Murderer” as an example.

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