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.