Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

"Stranger than Fiction" evokes memories of "Punch Drunk Love" for me in so far as it is a subtle slow moving dramatic film with a previously exclusive comedic leading man.

I'm not sure why this casting choice seems to give a film more "weight" but it is undeniably there.

The similarities don't stop there though on that I won't say more.

The characters are all excellent but I choose to make special mention only of Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of a kind of literary detective.

While it could be argued that these days Hoffman plays and replays the same character his subtle variations on a theme create, for me, believable and compelling personnae. His characters draw your attention like no one else in the scene because of their realness.

If you want to know what I mean, and you've not noticed this already, watch the way he subtly interacts with his surroundings as if he had lived in the sets his whole life. If I may go further, and I will as it is my Web site, Dustin Hoffman (and other master actors) treat the sets and props like they are extensions of their character rather than things inserted purely to create a context.

For Dustin Hoffman's performance alone I would gladly pay to see this movie again and would recommend it for anyone else.

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