The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
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This movie is on my Top Ten movies I have ever enjoyed (along with Blade Runner, Amelie, When Harry Met Sally, Brazil, The Shawshank Redemption, Sleeper, and Good Will Hunting, to name a few). It touched me deeply which was a real surprise when I rented it since I saw the movie trailer before and it really didn't do the movie justice. I wish now that I had watched it on the big screen as it has some beautifully shot gorgeous scenery. Definitely a feel good movie that will lift anyone's spirits up.
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.
Ben Stiller showed genius when he wrote the story and directed as well as starred in it. There wasn't a single instance I would do differently. Absolutely perfect story and brought to the big screen with a cutting precision that makes this an authentic classic.
Walter Mitty is often zoning out, yet not because he lacks courage, more because he's never had a reason or the opportunity to flex his bravery along with his big heart. As the story unfolds, you wonder what this tiny little man can do to reach the formidable goal of finding a go-getter photographer often hanging off dangerous assignments.
Hold on to your hearts and your smiles as Walter Mitty will make the whole world pale in comparison to what he can achieve.
An example of devotion and dedication we can hold on to for a long time to come.
Thank you for the ride!
Review: Walter Mitty is a fantasy set in New York city. It has fantasy parts are pretty cool. interweaved a rom-com style plot. As Walter grows he fantisizes less, and the move becomes an surreal adventure. I am a sucker for magic realism, so this was a good genre for me.
I liked Kristen Wiig here, she is pretty good when she is not do extreme characters as she did on Saturday Night Live. Ben Stiller was OK, because the character called for the nerdy cluelessness that he often plays. I am not a Ben Still fan generally, but this is one of his better efforts.
I saw this on TV about 2 years after it was in the theater. It is a good movie for home viewing because a lot of the action is mental.
The 1940's version promoted the trope of Walter as a tremendous exaggerator, and according to Wikipedia this entered pop culture at the time. In this version, the fantasies are in Walter's own head, and he is not a fabulist or big liar. Walter's issues are more mental than social, and there is a feeling that dreaming big is not necessarily bad.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Ben Stiller; based on the short story by James Thurber
The Music: A few good pop songs, including an A Cappella version of Space Oddity by Kristen Wiig.
The Visuals: Some nice visuals in Iceland. I liked the art direction of the Life Magazine offices with the large photos on the walls, and the photos being carried out at the end.
Rating: 2.5 stars: Entertaining and Interesting.