Enter the sometimes surreal and secret life of Walter Mitty and his journey to far off places on a mission.
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. (c) Fox
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
So Walter is a no action, no go getter and lives in a world where his life really doesn’t have that much to do, he goes to work for Life magazine, processed photographs and has moments of “zoning out” where his life takes on the adventures he doesn’t have.
Walter Mitty is a strange character to bring to the screen, I remember seeing the version from 1947 that Danny Kaye did, it to was a film that at times lost its way and the character developed from a no-one to a someone.
Here with the 2013 version, directed and starring Ben Stiller, the character doesn’t take on a terrible villain, but instead, goes on a quest to find a missing photograph that is needed to close down the last edition of Life magazine.
Slowly but surely, Walter Mitty’s life changes as he travels to Greenland, jumps from a helicopter, has a altercation with a shark and so much more, something that at one point he thinks is happening in one of his episodes of “zoning out”.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, is a quaint and delightful film that has its moments of laughter has Walter gets in some sticky moments, but it does seem to lack a grasp over the audience, not that its bad, it is an enjoyable film to watch and it is nice to see Ben Stiller in a more of serious type role.
The “dream” sequences are nicely done and melded in to the real world, probably not the best film in the world, but the 2 hours or so, did fly by, I quite enjoyed the film, it is certainly one that has that warm feeling to it while you are watching it.
Probably not the type of film for everyone, but from what I saw from the audience, which was a good collection of ages, people were enjoying the film throughout.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is released on the 26th December.