The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Ben Stiller
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig

Storyline:

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.

5 reviews

  • The movie trailer itself caught on to me on the very first seconds, and finally seen the movie I never imagined it would reach that benchmark. The picture, the story behind to it and most of all the one quote shown in the movie about the purpose of life will definitely reach the hearts of both young and old. This movie deserves an award when it comes to picture the pure crisp detail gone into the movie shows how much effort Ben Stiller put into the movie. The story put into the movie is very grasping and sometimes hilarious. The movie is not to be missed so be sure to check out the movie.I hope Ben Stiller or another great director makes movies like this with so much detail gone into it.

  • (Rating: 3 / 5) “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is close to being one of the most ambitious projects of Ben Stiller, due to rumors of an Oscar nomination that has happened in the current news to movie. Despite expectations, despite its “background” as a kind of remake based on a 1947 film (which in turn takes the basic adventures of James Thurber) and initially with Jim Carrey in the development hell (the 90), the overall result is quite hard to explain. One can sense something wrong when the film is heading as a much more conventional than our spectator beliefs, but perhaps the problem of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is its inertly development characters that makes them so emotionally distant

    As a director, Ben Stiller shows a state of tidiness quite competent. It seems at first that his style of action / fantasy take small grains of Zack Snyder, just slowing the camera. But really, something that characterizes it from other comedians such Adam Sandler, Vince Vaughn or Seth MacFarlane is the need to tries to be deepened dramatically, with characters who seem shy or low-profile (eg his comedy ” Meet the Parents ” where he is a modest nurse). There is not a fascinating approach, but at least it is remarkable that not only devoted to a catalog of jokes. However, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” encounters a lukewarm script unable to delve into the characters in a more intimately and charismatic way

    Although from the first minutes Stiller shoots his mini-machine of action / fantasy, generallly he maintains a balance to avoid overwhelming, and takes the hassle out of reserve a space for the characters to develop. The problem is that the dialogues lacks of binding substance, in part because the characters talking about trivial and current things: Kristen Wiig talks about the work and her skate’s son, with his mother Stiller talks about the father’s piano, and the contact with his ​​sister ending with she give him a cake. In no time these people open their hearts to something deeper, but their conversations do not develop in the sentimental aspect, and interpersonal relationships in the film are nominally viewed. Plus, past the half hour of beginning, the script temporarily buried the rest of the cast (when Walter travels to Greenland), so no real weight in these individuals. In the end, never you have the feeling that Ben Stiller change partially his shy posture, nor the romance with Kristen Wiig is totally believable

    With that huge failure, the characters are severe or cold. No matter the visual spectacle, the protagonists suffer from emotional amputation, and are distant. And if this is bad, the rest of the adventure is headed not very well: many of the jokes were already counted, and the director makes a mistake when profiling the despotic boss like a living caricature. Walter ‘s fantasies often work well as a showcase of his suffered reality (although some are too strange, as the development of Benjamin Button), but after the initial 30 minutes there is no more fantasies, and the film star embarking on a real adventure. Since Ben’s character is not very affective with the public (his shyness is not quite charismatic), these real adventures does not generate excessive emotion unlike their fantasies (where it is assumed that Stiller is a funny man, and everything that happens is more imaginative). Worse, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” delivery a fairly high number of devices script: the piano from his father is a watchful Deux Ex Machina waiting when Mitty discovers very casually the picture-shot; some crazy decisions like a horrible doll exchange for Skate, and the revelation of thumb is just when Walter would get the beating of his life

    While the film seemed doomed to lose, in the last 25 minutes rebounding with enough energy to slightly change this perception. It is true that the excuse of traveling to different countries around the world is very small in correlating the amount of miles (must go all sorts of places to find a picture , which sounds like nonsense in this century), but even minimally accepted. But the emergence of Sean Penn who changes things. Although Penn has that ridiculous long hair, it is their presence that characters acquire better depth emotionally; and now Stiller is a bit more empathetic and shyness seems to conceive some highlights: calls his “unknown” friend for him to come to rescue it the airport , plays soccer with some kids, indulges to tell his former boss a last words, the son of Kristen Wiig sends to Stiller a video of their Skate practices, maintains a minimum bond with mother because of his dismissal and the moving house, and seems determined to approach Wiig. However, the final revelation of the photo is a typical happy ending, subtracting verve

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has some funny things, and the end result seems to fulfill a sense of depth and drama; it’s a good movie. But it is quite disappointing as a film that seemed to devour expectations, and candidate film for the Oscar. The script is weak, with many jokes just ok, occasionally depending the director on the echoes recycled of “Little Miss Sunshine” (eg the soundtrack, with the alternative vibe), and the characters have no weight in the interpersonal relationship, are too distant from each other and the public

  • I was expecting more, this movie was a huge let down! The movie struggles back and forth between the advertising and the actual plot and the viewer is left wondering where the film is going. The overall plot and scenes simply didn’t work. I was waiting for something to happen, but unfortunately… it didn’t. This was one of the most boring films I’ve seen for a while. Some little surprises near the start which suggest the film might have some originality to it but it is all down hill from there! Ok, visually it was a stunning movie, but that was clearly not enough to recommend this film!

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 7.5/10- Infectiously creative with sky-high ambition is just a few words to describe the amazingly surprising film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I did not realize until the end of the film that this movie is directed by Ben Stiller. I knew of a few other films he directed: the Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder and I considered all of those to be pretty funny, but this movie was something different entirely.

    I know that most remakes always end of being just terrible, but this one I consider to be better than the original. The plot to this one is much different than the first one, and the only thing that they really have in common is the main character. The first one is a comedy; this one is a thought-provoking adventure drama.

    The acting in here is good but it is not really what pops out to you. The thing that stands out to everyone in the theater is the directing. Ben Stiller definitely thinks in a different way that makes his films unique. You can tell that he had visualization of the film while reading the script and that nothing stopped him from making his ideas into reality. The movie really leaves you with an inspirational message. I believe that it is a metaphor for people in our world who always play it safe and never take any risks, as the old saying goes you only live once. It teaches you that with the right attitude there is nothing you can’t do, and maybe you will not only accomplish your goal, but change your life for the better in the process.

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  • “Put that on a plaque and hang it at your next job.”

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is an epic adventure with breathtaking images that are used to embellish the simplistic and moralizing story a bit. The whole movie has a Walt Disney atmosphere in which a nondescript person searches for a lost negative which is necessary for the last cover of the magazine “Life”. I wouldn’t really call it a comedy. Personally I’m not a big fan of Ben Stiller. The man always has an impassive and apathetic look that doesn’t really fit into a comedy. In this movie, however, it is in place. One might expect that this would change slightly as the movie progresses. Yet he remains walking around with an expressionless face the entire movie, despite the fact that he travels halfway around the world in search of the eccentric and unworldly photographer Sean O’Connell.

    Actually it’s more of a dramatic adventure with a romantic slant wich focuses on Mitty’s daydreams. For him these dreams are a way to escape from everyday worries. At that time he can do an assertive heroic performance in the most intrepid adventures. In those dreams he’s an imaginary person he never will be. He’s a loyal employee of “Life” already for years and he is working together with another “nobody” in the basement of the building, where they digitize the negatives. He also falls secretly in love with his colleague Cheryl. Of course, he is too shy to speak to Cheryl personally, so he subscribes at the dating-site “eHarmony”.

    This is also the opening scene, and for me, actually the funniest moment in the whole movie. Unfortunately it’s not continued in this way. He can’t contact Cheryl through this site because his profile isn’t complete. He still needs to complete the topics “Hobbies and Traveling”. The way things develop during the movie ensures that he finds himself looking at life in a different way and the search for the negative leads him successively to Iceland, Greenland and the Himalayas, making his profile extremely adventurous and he succeeds in making a connection with Cheryl.

    Stiller played in this film with more character than all his previous movies. A role that fits so perfectly with his appearance . The most colorful character was played by Adam Scott as the unpleasant manager Ted Hendricks. A young yuppie that leads the transition from the magazine to the digital era and does this in such a derogatory pedantic way. He doesn’t even know the motto of “Life”. His appearance with his gaudy beard was so caricatured that it was actually laughable. The moment Mitty hands over the negative to Ted and appears with a small beard because of him traveling back and forth, it seems as if he has risen to the level of Ted. A beautiful used metaphor . Kristen Wiig plays the adorable and sometimes timid Cheryl. Shirley MacLaine plays the role of Mitty ‘s mother in a restrained manner. The most charismatic role was played by Sean Penn as the eccentric photographer who sits lonely and hidden on the top of a mountain to photograph a mysterious snow leopard. A perfectly casted Penn who is a personification of the morale in this film. Regardless what your contribution is, ultimately you are still an important part in the whole process.

    The denouement and the final picture that adorns the front page still was a bit of a surprise to me and the sweet romantic ending was a bit corny. But in the end it was still a nice, in terms of imaging and content, movie. A movie to dream away a bit.

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