Starring: Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah
A very unique plot and a fresh breath of life from the conventional and overdone movie story lines. Harold Crick (Ferrell) is the average middle-aged American man who leads a normal life, going to work and doing what any other person would do. He is an extremely punctual person whose every step in life is determined by the minute to the ultimate precision that he even counts the number of strokes each time he brushes to make sure that they are the same every day, not one too more or one too less. His clockwork schedule goes for a toss when one day he starts to hear voices in his head. That voice is actually of the movie's narrator who is briefing the audience about Harold, telling us all about him when suddenly the narrator actually becomes a part of the movie and Harold can listen to every word that is being said. He cannot concentrate at work or do anything for that matter when the narrator is busy explaining us, the audience, more about Harold. Karen Eiffel (Thompson) is a renowned author who is suffering from writers block and cannot seem to move ahead in her story. The publishers send Penny (Latifah) to be her assistant and help her get over the block and complete the story within the deadline. The movie trumps on the story and is a marvelous watch simply because its so unique. Many might find it boring and ridiculous but it is the kind of movie that needs time. Although some audiences might figure out most of the movie before the half-way mark, it ends with a pleasant climax which too could have been pre-determined with some effort. That said, the movie should not be dissected but watched with patience. Will Ferrell does a commendable job after shunning the string of comedy movies he is known to do and experimented with something more contemporary.
Thumbs up: Will Ferrell, unique and refreshing story
Thumbs down: A bit bland and boring at parts