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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 PG CC

(2,703) IMDb 7.4/10
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Ben Stiller directs and stars in this inspiring story about an ordinary man who finds the courage to discover his destiny and leap into the extraordinary adventure that is life.

Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Director Ben Stiller
Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
Supporting actors Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn, Terence Bernie Hines, Adam Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Grace Rex, Alex Anfanger, Amanda Naughton, Adrian Martinez, Nolan Carley, Joey Slotnick, Shirley MacLaine, Gary Wilmes, Marcus Antturi, Amy Stiller, Rosamund Gundmundsdottir, Stuart Cornfeld, Maariu Olsen
Studio Fox
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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448 of 480 people found the following review helpful By papergirl on December 26, 2013
Format: DVD
We brushed aside the critic reviews and saw this movie on Christmas Day. Five of us walked into the theater to be entertained (fingers crossed), five of us walked out captivated. This is a stunning movie that uses the story, the scenery and a beautiful score to weave a spell around you and whisk you away to a dream that you wish would go on and on.

Slightly over two-hours long there wasn't a moment that I yawned, stretched my legs and thought about hitting the loo. This movie was mesmerizing.

Ben Stiller's understated performance as Walter Mitty is outstanding. I daresay, in my opinion, this is his best performance to date. Kristin Wiig's performance is gentle and sweet. It's so exciting to see Wiig outside SNL as an actress who can hold her own. The other characters, including Adam Scott (the man you'll love to hate) and Sean Penn (the man you'll either love ~me~ or want to be) are also well done. Scott is a bit over-the-top as the 'bad guy' but he has to be for this whimsical, fairy tale-esque story. Personally, I thought his weird beard worked because this is very much a fairy tale.

Equally important to the fine performances are the locations - the scenery is breathtaking, and the musical score. One scene where the music plays equally to the acting is just transcendent.

This is a movie I will pay to see again at the cinema before it's gone. This is a Blu Ray that I will purchase for my personal library. This is a movie that is now in my top five favorite movies of all time.
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208 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Jessica J. on December 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Okay, big time talk, folks. My family and I went to see this movie on Christmas Day. I must tell you, I have never been so floored by a movie in all my life. It's the kind of experience I was expecting to get from Gravity and didn't. I was shocked. This is partly due to the fact that I am not the world's biggest Ben Stiller fan. Slapstick comedy is a delicate thing for me, and I certainly don't enjoy it if I am watching the comedian copy someone else's decade's old jokes (which is more often the case then not).

This movie is a work of art. The critics hated it. It is a true journey of heart, mind, and soul, and the movie is not simply about a man that wants the attention of this one girl. It's about a man waking up and experiencing life after having put it to the side for years to do the right thing for his family. Amazingly cast. Floored (and astonished) by Ben Stiller's acting and direction. I give this an 8.5 on IMDb, and that's more than I gave Temple Grandin. I will have to own this one (which means shell out good money for the bluray), and I'm guessing I'll end up buying many copies, as I did for Time Traveler's Wife (the book, not the horrible movie) because I must give a copy to everyone that hasn't experienced it.

Do yourself a favor and go with someone that will sink into it and give it the respect it deserves, or go on your own and be awakened. Am pretty sure I will be going back to see this again while it's still in the theatre.
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136 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on January 9, 2014
Format: DVD
Ben Stiller is an interesting celebrity. He’s built his career on playing the lovable dork, the guy who you can’t help but like to be around but who can’t help but screw everything up. The general public embraces him, and he has yet to completely tarnish his career by following the career path of Adam Sandler (who was always a more abrasive and easily dislikable comedian to begin with). Stiller has never been offensive in his film choices and yet he’s never been all that adventurous either. He kind of stays in a comfortable wheelhouse and rarely ventures outside of that box.

Looking at his film career from the standpoint of an actor is one thing, but looking at his career as a director can bring a different feeling. He’s now directed five films, and they are all rather notable. ‘Reality Bites’ is a sincere film about those confusing teenage years (and it has some really identifiable social commentary), ‘The Cable Guy’ was a huge moment for Jim Carry and continues to be considered a comedic cult classic. ‘Zoolander’ is one of the funniest movies of the aughts and ‘Tropic Thunder’ (I didn’t even know he directed that) netted an Oscar nomination for one of its stars.

It’s a great list, but then ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ comes along and brings something entirely new and different to the table.

I have not read the source material or seen the original film (from the 40’s) but from what I gather this is a completely revamped adaptation and so it doesn’t need to be compared to previous versions. In Stiller’s ‘Mitty’, our protagonist, Walter, works for the ever-changing ‘Life Magazine’. He is a man dedicated to his work and a man with little real life ambitions.
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109 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Anita Margarita on January 22, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I feel compelled to write this down because after a few internet searches I'm beginning to think I am the only one who gets this aspect of the movie or is the only one who cares. The whole thing takes all the design of the past eighty years and puts them into a blender, and I love it. The Life office headquarters look out of the '60s. The color scheme is black/ white/ beige/ powder blue. The lights are very bright and white. Again I want to say '60s. The clothes they wear aren't blatantly retro, but definitely classic and therefore timeless. I guess it's a testament to how incredibly boring office fashion is.

Walter Mitty works with photo negatives. (In reality his job would have been cut at least ten years ago.) The equipment he uses looks fifty years old. Lots of chrome. Very art deco. The original story was written in 1939, I believe. Walter and his assistant, when they're in the basement wearing what they're wearing, saying what they're saying, and doing what they're doing.... they could BE in 1939 and nothing would need to be changed. Not even their outfits.

Walter Mitty spaces out and he gets David Bowie (popular musical artist of the 70s who is obsessed with outer space) quoted at him: "Ground Control to Major Tom." The song makes a later appearance, which I also loved.

His love interest's son is obsessed with skate boarding. Now I know there is a healthy skate board culture out there right now in 2014, especially in a big city. However, it also calls back to the '70s and the '80s when it was waaaaaaaaaaaaay more popular.

Walter's sister is an aspiring actress and she's involved in a local theatre production of Grease, a musical written (and popular) in the '70s but set in the '50s.
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