I was this close to calling this post “Get bent, taxman! It’s a Stranger than Fiction review”.
This is one of those movies that works best if you don’t think about it to hard and just enjoy it for what it is.
As far as Will Ferrell goes, I’m only a fan of his non-comedic (read: “non-obnoxious”) roles, like this one. As far as Maggie Gyllenhaal goes, I think this is her film that proves my “every actor has at least role I can enjoy” rule. As far as Emma Thompson goes, she’s the best character in this movie.
I love all the crazy goings on with the visuals in the opener and scattered sporadically throughout. Words, numbers, and lines flying everywhere, interacting with the scenery and, in a way, acting as footnotes for the movie.
Do books have product placement? I should read more and find out for myself. This movie about a book didn’t have any worth mentioning.
I saw this once before and found it interesting but didn’t particularly like it. I fell in love with it this time.