Stranger Than Fiction Analysis

1562 words - 7 pages

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...

Other Essays Like Stranger Than Fiction Analysis

Technical Paper It Project Management

2602 words - 11 pages determined by the stakeholders as Fiction Corporation’s policies, preferences, or needs may be more specific than Big-Proj can foresee.) Day 12 will be used for the second round for moving personal-staff computers. Days 13 and 14 will be used for moving the round-two servers from the current location to the new data center, while Day 15 will be used to update the round-two servers. Day 16 will be used to monitor the success of the updates, still

The Analysis of Happy Man Bay Somerset Maugham

1055 words - 5 pages Writing skills FFL,3rd course,7th group Student-Ziroyan Armine Lecturer-Bezhanyan Travel modes Essay Travelling is an important part of our life and with the advancement of transport it has become easier than what it was in the primitive days. Travelling is getting safer because of the technology advancing on daily bases. Modern life is impossible without it. Thousands of people travel every day

Picture Book Analysis

1114 words - 5 pages initiates their sympathy for the man rather than the islanders. On page 10, a villager says, “He is a stranger. He doesn’t belong.” This conveys a sad and depressing mood to readers which causes them to further understand the effects of the islanders attitude in creating barriers preventing the man from finding belonging. Greder wrote The Island in third person omniscient from an objective perspective to present the horror of the treatment of

Albert Camus: Real Existence or Existence Reality?

2153 words - 9 pages ‘Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is’— Albert Camus announced this in the Introduction to The Rebel (1951). Encompassing the author in his above mentioned predicament, it would be impossible, however, to unravel his ‘being’. We would, thus, begin this analysis on Camus with the Sisyphus-like pre-supposition of sure shot failure, philosophised by the great man himself.Camus was born in 1913 at Mondovi in Algeria & was fostered

Albert Camus Research Paper

1919 words - 8 pages shown what actual, genuine human behavior would be during a plague epidemic, but yet you hope to be as humane as some of the main characters (David Anderson, “The Tragic Protest.”) “His early concept of the Absurd was, I suppose a secularized sense of tragedy, an analysis of the way a meaningless death gratuitously calls in question a life without meaning, or a life amounting, at best, to no more than death” (A. Alvarez; Beyond All This Fiddle

Jean Rhys’s Tropographies: Unmappable Identity and the Tropical Landscape in Wide Sargasso Seaand Selected Short Fiction

4210 words - 17 pages unassailable mystery that cannot and will not be subsumed into an existing European plot. The tropics of Rhys’s fiction might seem to be tropes becausethey are, in a sense, ‘all surface,’ offering up little more than that which the tourist gaze wants to see, but this is, I think, precisely because she insists on maintaining the secrecy, or internal reliability, of these landscapes. Thus Rhys’s writing does not seek to knowthe tropics

Society in Twain's Eyes

1401 words - 6 pages answered. Huck continues to struggle with religion throughout the book until he decides “All right, then, I’ll go to hell” (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 225). Religious criticism can also be found in Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger. Twain puts a satirical twist on the concept of religion. He uses the character Satan, to demonstrate the way that he perceives God. This story displays Twain’s criticism that the theory that there is a God is

And Who Will Act as a Bridge Between Us and Our Loved Ones?

733 words - 3 pages other fields but we are clever and confident to understand this difference. It’s a miracle that we know that besides so many fights and problems and complicated issues, we can trust our family but a small argument with a stranger is strong enough to prevent us from contacting that stranger. This self defense theory is impeccably designed in us and made by us. But there are times when we get connected to these strangers and besides so much

Literary Analysis Of My Story

1187 words - 5 pages Literary Analysis of My Story When writing my own story opening, I tried to use techniques that would make the reader want to read on. For example, I described the main character's appearance in detail so that the reader would be able to form a mental picture of her. Just from the first few paragraphs, the reader knows that she is "a beautiful girl" with "endless jet black locks" and "chocolate brown eyes". The

Romeo and Juliet

4114 words - 17 pages as a father, but as a more in-depth, personal analysis on their father-daughter relationship. ‘Stranger’, as in, a stranger to him. At this point, we have already recognised that Lord Capulet and Juliet have not had an emotional conversation, not even Juliet and Lady Capulet, purely because in the context, that is not a primary responsibility. However, in the modern context, communication is crucial in this era. I believe Shakespeare is proving

Race and the South

2593 words - 11 pages for their human rights while writers like William Faulkner in his book Absalom Absalom showed the futility of resisting change in a diverse America. While many books of contemporary Southern fiction come out as racist, a deeper analysis reveals the lessons we must learns in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past. REFERENCES Faulkner, W 1936, Absalom Absalom!, Random House, New

Related Papers

Stranger Than Fiction Essay

1573 words - 7 pages Life Comparisons 2 Stranger than Fiction and Personal Life Comparisons I found Stranger than Fiction to be a very interesting and enjoyable movie. Harold Crick, the main character, is an IRS auditor who compulsively measures and rationalizes every single detail in his life. This can be partly attributed to his living 12-years alone in a life of solitude. He starts everyday by setting his watch to wake up at a precise time and following the

Gothicism In The Hound Of The Baskerville

4854 words - 20 pages Theoretical framework 5 3.1 Features of gothic fiction 5 3.2 Techniques used in gothic fiction 6 Chapter IV Analysis on gothicism in The Hound of Baskervilles 7 4.1 On characters 7 4.2 On scenes 9 4.3 On plot 10 Chapter V Conclusion 12 5.1 Major findings 12 5.2 Limitations 12 Bibliography 13 Gothicism in Detective Fiction The Hound of the Baskervilles Chapter I Introduction 1.1 Toptic area and

Fox Meyer Drug Company Case Essay

818 words - 4 pages stranger than fiction. In FoxMeyer’s case, it is sad but true.It is also worth mentioning that FoxMeyer’s rival in the 1990’s McKesson hired SAP’s services for the same ERP package and McKesson did not go bankrupt in the process.After its collapse, a former FoxMeyer executive admitted that what hastened the collapse of the company was a combination of four elements – FoxMeyer entered contracts that weren’t feasible; a

"Where Is Here" By Joyce Carol Oates

2540 words - 11 pages Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Is Here?” as a contemporary Gothic ghost story According to the editors of the Prentice-Hall Literature text entitled The American Experience, author Joyce Carol Oates’ discovery of the stories of Ann Radcliff and Edgar Allen Poe “sparked her interest in Gothic fiction” (324). These Gothic elements typically include “bleak or remote settings, macabre or violent incidents, characters in psychological and/or physical