Title: Stranger than Fiction Director: Marc Forster Year: 2006 Run time: 1hr 53
I recall seeing the trailer for this a long while ago, but it got lost amongst the many other films we have on our list. For some reason it was recently quite high up on the iTunes store again - perhaps it was 99p film of the week, I’m not sure. Anyway, we snapped it up this time and finally found a spare couple of hours to enjoy.
2:09 - It can’t be good for you to run with an apple in your mouth. In case of falling, and also for breathing purposes! 4:21 - I think I would really like Emma Thompson narrating my life. 7:25 - In what situation can you claim a jet ski as a work vehicle. Lifeguard, maybe? 17:07 - Just because you never dream of leaping of buildings… doesn’t mean you are not creative! 18:29 - “They said you were feeling a little wibbly-wobbly.” 23:20 - Narration of one’s life does tend to have a better vocabulary. 25:52 - He says it is not a familiar voice, but it sounds just like Emma Thompson! Silly man. 29:57 - Yay, ogled! I love that word. 30:58 - He’s sitting in the join of the bus! I don’t like that. 36:43 - “I don’t need a nicotine patch, Penny, I smoke cigarettes.” 43:35 - It rains a lot in their city. Milk and cookies with the rain pouring down outside. Heaven. 45:41 - “If I was going to make the world a better place, I would do it with cookies.” 53:20 - There’s nothing like a narrator to force you to live your life! 1:00:55 - That’s the trouble with the guitar. The callouses. 1:10:51 - Why is he watching an interview from a decade ago? 1:16:20 - Is he using the IRS records to get personal information? Naughty, naughty! 1:19:51 - “I’m Harold. Her main character.” 1:22:40 - The lifeguard has his book covered in cling film. 1:28:10 - “The hero dies but the story lives on forever.” 1:35:28 - I wonder if the big hole in the wall made it into the book. 1:40:58 - So it really was a tale of Harold and his wristwatch! 1:44:01 - The space camp thing is the bit that breaks my heart.
This is one of those films where at first you’re not quite sure what to make of it, but as soon as you settle in and just go with it, it’s totally magical. I loved Emma Thompson, as I often do, despite the fact she was quite depressing throughout! I loved the way Harold Crick walked the line between comedy and tragedy, and how they shone a light on that from the point of view of a writer and literary expert. Great fun, nothing to complain about, and a nice story well told.