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"Stranger Than Fiction" [Dec. 4th, 2006|11:21 am]
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Stranger Than Fiction sure is a great movie. They pretty much had me at "Will Ferrell" to start with -- I'd rather watch him in a bad movie than most actors in a good movie. The thing about Ferrell as an actor is how thoroughly he commits to every role. In this movie he plays a guy who doesn't say much, and doesn't think much about anything but numbers, which is shown in the movie as a sort of heads-up display that floats in front of his head. This means that Ferrell can't really do what a comic actor does his whole life, which is behave a complete fool -- he plays this guy as someone who is completely not in the joke on himself. This character is the sort of person that movies are not usually about -- someone who is completely decent.

I think that this is a movie that you should see without spoilers, but the rest of the cast is amazing, the music is great, the design and costumes are perfect. It isn't a profound movie at all, but it's a great absurdist remake of "It's A Wonderful Life," and it's Capra-esque in all the right ways...

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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-12-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
I've never seen him in a movie I didn't like him in. Some of the movies he's been have been dumb, but he's pretty consistently awesome. And Maggie Gyllenhaal? Fuggedaboutit!
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[User Picture]From: calmdahn
2006-12-04 05:52 pm (UTC)
"It isn't a profound movie at all"

Why do you say this? You really don't think it was profound, in any meaning of the term?
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-12-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
Well, the basic message is that you should follow your heart, and do the things you desire doing now. Carpe diem innit?

Profound that aint. I don't think movies need to be profound, I just think they need to be good movies, and "Stranger Than Fiction" is a good movie, for reasons other than profundity.
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[User Picture]From: calmdahn
2006-12-04 06:19 pm (UTC)
Now, see, I think there are many levels of meaning beyond that simple "carpe diem" message. I do, though, believe that movies need to be profound to be great, so you and I disagree there. Any movie can deliver a "carpe diem" message, but it takes more than that to make a great movie.
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