Stranger Than Fiction

Posted by me on Saturday, the 16th day of December, anno domini 2006 at 1:17 AM, local time.

So a couple of weeks back, I went to see Stranger Than Fiction, with Will Ferrell. It was surprisingly good. Really good. Now, as a rule, I don’t really like Will Ferrell in movies. I don’t/didn’t think it was the best place for him to be. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Elf and surely I laughed at the appropriate places in the other movies I have seen with him in them, but I had yet to see a serious movie with him in it that I liked. Well, Stranger Than Fiction was a comedy, I suppose, but a serious comedy.

So, as I left the theatre, I remarked to my friends what a good movie it was and that I should blog about it. Well, in my laziness, I have delayed this post. But I finally got back to it. I didn’t want to do the movie the injustice of not being praised on my blog…

So here are the “awards” I would give to Stranger Than Fiction, ignoring all other movies this year, and the fact that the movie was apparently based on a book (it was new to me):

  • Best use of Will Ferrell in a feature film. Ever.
  • Best original screenplay based on a book I haven’t read.
  • Best use of CG overlays in a non-reality duplicating way by a live action film.
  • Best movie based on a meta-book.
  • Best casting of a hot unknown actress as a baker in a long time.
  • Best pointless use of math as a plot device.
  • Best quasi-romantic pseudo-comedy that Might Have Had a Sad Ending.
  • Best film I can remember seeing this year.
  • Best movie about things that can’t actually happen in real life that I chose to remember at the moment.

Did I mention Best use of Will Ferrell in a feature film, ever? Anyway, it was really pretty good. You should go see it. I should go see it again. We all should buy it when it comes out on DVD.

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