Stranger Than Fiction Analysis

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Ferrell: A Test of His Will Power
Stranger Than Fiction


There are many actors out there that have been repeatedly selected to play a role featuring similar characteristics from past films. This term, “typecast” defines an actor who is continually casted into a specific type of role and is usually not considered for positions that stray away from their particular performances. One of those actors is Will Ferrell. As an opportunity to break away from his typical comedic style, he starred in the film, Stranger Than Fiction. Throughout the movie an unfamiliar glum Will Ferrell plays a distressed auditor whose ultimate goal is to prevent his imminent death. By casting an ...view middle of the document...

Crick lives a simple life, but on one typical Wednesday it changed forever. On that particular day while he was brushing his teeth Crick begins to hear the English narrator as she describes the strokes of his toothbrush. Becoming a character in a story, which is his own life, the voice foreshadows to us the audience and Crick himself that his watch would thrust him into fate, which resulted in his imminent death. Automatically Crick became frantic and seeks immediate help in finding the culprit’s voice, in which only he can hear. He meets with literature professor, Jules Hilbert in hopes to track down the voice, but with no luck or sense of time remaining Crick ditches his day to day routine and begins to find the enjoyment of life. He begins by pursuing his love for Ms. Pascal, living with a purpose and chasing dreams he was so often too scared to try. By chance, Crick was able to track down the voice of the narrator and met the author in person, only to find her plan to kill him was merely just the plot to her novel Stranger Than Fiction. Taking the time to read the drafted version Crick understands his fate, and accepts that he must die in the book, which would conclusively lead to his real death. But after meeting Harold Crick in real life, author Karen Eiffel has a change of heart and decides to modify what would have been a masterpiece, to save his life. The movie ends with Crick in the hospital in several casts and a piece of metal lodged into his arm from his wristwatch, which saved his life by obstructing the blood flow from a major artery after he stepped in front of a moving bus to save a young boy. The once dull Harold Crick is now heroic, loved, but most importantly alive.
Realism Within Society
Through the beginning of the film we watch Crick continue to live as just another face in the big picture of society. Although he may be different than the rest of us, he wakes up every morning to pursue the same routine, catch the same bus at an exact time, which is a practice we as viewers have a familiar understanding with. He rarely is late or untimely and never takes vacations. Crick is constructed to the standards of the working class, which is a mirrored image of what most people are like today. The repetitive lifestyle is a representation of those caught in the systematic working society and his characteristics fit people who are categorized as workaholics: exchanging enjoyment for the burden of responsibility. The purpose of this recognizable lifestyle is to create a mutual understanding between the plot and the audience. By using a well-known actor such as Will Ferrell for the main role, it establishes a level of comfort with Harold Crick because of the positive energy that Will brings to the screen. The reality of work combined with the dullness of Harold Crick captures the realism in which Stranger Than Fiction resembles real life. By following a consistent cycle you lose the opportunity to pursue happiness within yourself...

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