Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Enter the sometimes surreal and secret life of Walter Mitty and his journey to far off places on a mission.

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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. (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.

Karen Woodham
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Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper as well as other publications.
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8 Responses to Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

  1. Mandy

    Oh, I expected this film to get absolutely rave reviews! What a pity – with so many good films at the moment, I might wait for this to come to the small screen.

  2. Slappy Bear

    I quite like the sound of this, it sounds a like like me zoning out all the time lol. Great to see you got to see the movie early, nice one ;-)

  3. Matt says:

    Karen – Thanks for the review.

    I have been going back and forth about whether or not I would see this in the theater when it comes out. The plot sounds interesting but the preview I saw made me second guess seeing it. Ben Stiller is in some of my all-time favorite comedy movies but he has also been in some really bad ones! I am optimistic this will be worth seeing :)

  4. Nithin Upendran says:

    Thanks i was looking for such a review before watching the movie. Anyway i added this movie to my watchlist thanks for sharing this review.

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