|STRANGER THAN FICTION (2006)|
|"I mean, the voice isn't telling me to do anything. It's telling me what I've already done...accurately, and with a better vocabulary."|
|Time: 113 mins.|
SYNOPSIS: An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
BOTTOM LINE: Ferrell explores his serious side in this uniquely plotted take about trying to take control of your own destiny. He plays a man stuck in a rut until he starts hearing a voice in his head describing his overtly boring life, which forces him to finally start living...and also to prove that he's not crazy. It's a nice change watching Ferrell play a normal guy, even if he is the figment of Thompson's imagination. He may be her latest character (all of whom she kills at the end of each of her novels), he's the most human and fleshed out person in the piece. Her announcement of his immenent death sends him on a mission to not only find her and beg her to reconsider, but to truly live every moment he has left. It's not easy to watch someone about to get bumped off, especially someone you come to like, yet Ferrell's acceptance, though heartbreaking, makes his demise easier to swallow. It's a fascinating piece of fantasy that shows both sides of the creative coin how a writer brings a character's world to life and how real that world would be to the people populating it. While the convention is fascinating and the filmmakers do a great job visually, the message of the film is nothing new and the overall presentation may be more intellectual than most moviegoers are looking for, especially from Will Ferrell. There are some amusing moments, but this is far from an outright comedy. The plot is original, but a bit thin and I wish they pushed the envelope a bit more between the two worlds. An interesting piece with a great cast that delivers a quality if not overly memorable experience.