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Imagine if you were just going through your everyday life, say brushing your teeth and suddenly you heard a voice narrating your every move. This would freak me out and this is the basis of new Will Ferrell movie Stranger Than Fiction. When I heard the synopsis for this movie I loved the idea and couldn’t wait to see it.  This is not your typical Will Ferrell movie though, don’t expect an improvised laugh fest like Anchorman, this is a more serious Will but with a comedic edge. What a performance he gives, he is great capturing the character of Harold Crick, a man just going through the motions of his life, until the narrator arrives. The voice he is hearing is that of Emma Thompson (very good) as author Kate Eiffel who is suffering writers block, but doesn’t realise that the novel she is writing is actually Harold’s life. This takes a dramatic turn when Harold hears her narrating that by changing the time on his watch, he has set about events leading to his imminent death. This sends Harold off to a literary scholar played by Dustin Hoffman who is brilliant, trying to work out if Harolds life is a tragedy or a comedy. Harold also meets a Maggie Gyllenhaal’s baker Ann who hates him as he is auditing her, but starts to warm to her.  I am not exaggerating when I say that this would be one of my favourite films of the year, it is so different to most films, it is a bit reminiscent of films like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, slightly more mainstream but not in a bad way. It lifts you up and you really feel for Harold, as he starts to realise that he doesn’t really have a life and the way he embraces this new life that the narrator is leading him into.  This screenplay by Zach Helm was hot property in Hollywood and I can see why, if you get a chance to see this film, please do, you won’t be dissapointed. Just hope this doesn’t mean Will Ferrell is going to abandon his madcap roles, he could even be a wild card for Oscars, though I doubt it! Rating 9/10

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