Sunday, November 19, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction Is Thin

A week ago Saturday I saw Stranger Than Fiction with Capt. Kate, Husband Pete and Sister Sarah. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Duston Hoffman and Queen Latifah.

Karen Effiel [Thompson] is an author writing her latest novel about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. The real Harold Crick [Ferrell] is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence and one day begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she puts on paper[]. Because of this Harold [enlists] the help of a literary professor [Hoffman] to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life including beginning a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal [Gyllenhaal]. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him.
It's not a bad movie. The story is interesting and the characters are very well done. It's probably an excellent book. The really bad part is that the preview(s) give so much away. You could watch the preview and the last 10-15 min. of the movie and see more than enough. The actors and actresses are fantastic! I only wish there were more to the movie, to the story. Some deeper plot to engage the viewer. I will observe that the story is rather moralistic and somewhat upbeat. "Live every day as if it were your last" and "no regrets," that sort of thing. Maybe rental-worthy or cable-worthy. Probably not worth the price of a movie ticket.