STRANGER THAN FICTION is exactly the kind of film that exasperates me. A pseudo intellectual alibi - a fiction hero realizing that he's a fiction hero - meant to seduce the crtics, a love story between two sorely dissimilar characters to please the average viewer and three or four well-known actors to put the producers at rest. In my opinion, Marc Forster's first mistake.
Visually stunning and has a clever, imaginative concept for the plot.
Screenplay and direction are quite good up until the half, where everything slows down and turns a little too sentimental, in a cheap Spielberg-like sort of way.
For once, Will Ferrell plays a contained and interesting character.
Not a good film. Weak, inconsistent script. Not funny/ tragic/entertaining, Emma Thompson's book is dreadful, incongruous wrist watch magic/character/device, Maggie G would never have gone for Ferrell's creepiness, even if she was able to ignore his drag queen eyebrows. Two stars for the actors involved, especially Queen Latifah (under used yet again).
A missed opportunity and certainly not Kaufman.