As Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) realizes he’s not just living life, he’s actually living a story, things start to change for him. But don’t reach for your copy of A Million Miles In A Thousand Years too quickly. Harold’s not simply pondering the questions: What makes for a good story? and How do I live a better story? He is dealing with the more complex questions of: How much of this story am I writing? and How much is being written for me?
Stranger Than Fiction could easily be mistaken for a film about free will battling a more providential force in the world. But this would be a shallow way to see it. While certainly dancing in that field, the film reaps its rewards in the difference between living and being alive; regardless of how much control you have.
Do you know what kind of story you are living? Are you the one writing it? What other “forces” are at play?
While all good questions, Stranger Than Fiction offers many others that are worth savoring – much like a plate of warm cookies and a glass of cold milk: How does embracing death affect the way you live life? What kind of stories does our world need most?
It’s Lent. For millions of people around the world, this is a season where we intentionally face death as a practice that leads to a resurgence of life. Whether Lent is a sacred time and practice of yours or not, Harold Crick’s story about death and life gives you an opportunity to engage your own.