Stranger Than Fiction Reviews
Excellent movie with a twist at the ending.
This had the potential to be very good, with a quirky edge that was reminiscent of dare I say, 'Little Miss Sunshine' or *gasp* the masterful, 'Tenenbaums' but unfortunately 'Splendor' just didn't deliver. There were breif moments where I was entertained by the original and stylistic approach of the documentary/movie but to sum up, the film was little more than a mundane documentation of boredom.
See this if you liked: 'Napoleon Dynamite', 'Thumbsucker'
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Kudos to Will Ferrell for proving that he has a deeper dimension to his capability than the one sided humor we seem to witness on a regular basis. He plays Harold Crick, the main protagonist with a loveable warmth and heartbreaking meloncholy that is consistent throughout. The film itself is beautifully written and certain stylistic elements of Harold's obsessive compulsions are expertly executed though, the actual story itself is rather weak and unsatisfying. I felt that the depth of characters as played by Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman were unsympathetic and contained little substance worthy of garnering any kind of emotional sympathy from the audience. It is certainly worth watching but don't hold your breath for anything profound.
See this if you liked: 'Adaptation'