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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this movie very much, light hearted and funny at times.Published 2 hours ago by Thomas F Sheedy
One of the best movies I watched this year! Ben Stiller delivered a lovely performance.Published 13 hours ago by Daniel Frechette
You get the fun, whimsy of an indie film. But still the joy of watching your favorite stars and great acting.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A new FAVORITE MOVIE in my library -- the scenery, the music, AWESOME!Published 3 days ago by Brian
My husband and I loved this film. Its a little weird at times, but this mirrors Ben Stiller's character who is also incredibly endearing. I love a realistic love story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jordan
A touching movie about the passage of time and how we can avoid becoming passengers in our own lives.Published 5 days ago by Patrick Rastelli
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