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.
A posturing self-celebratory deadweight of a film, stifled underneath it's own self-reverence and potted psychological pretensions. Will Ferrell seems out of his depth and even Emma Thompson struggles to give the overall effort any gravitas.
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.