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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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 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.
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!
Though the beginning is a bit slow for the set up, when the movie is rolling along it is more of a meander but it is worth sticking it out to the end if you have made it that far. Some of the scenes are really pretty and worth looking at, the film as a whole is enjoyable but I don't think I'd watch it again and it wouldn't be the first thing I would suggest someone to watch if they were looking for something.
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