Monday, June 1, 2015

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Dedicated to the people
I recently watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) directed by, produced by, and starring Hollywood funnyman Ben Stiller. I remember the trailer not doing much for me, but when it was on TV a little while ago, I recorded it for one of those nights when you're particularly in the mood for a romantic comedy-drama adventure cult film. Surprise surprise, that night eventually arrived, having me glued to the screen for 114 minutes of charm, escapism and inspiration.

The skinny

Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a quiet, predictable man prone to "zoning out". He works as a negative asset manager at Life magazine, a job that is threatened as the magazine's print issue converts to online status. When the the negative that should be used for the cover of the final issue - an image by highly regarded photojournalist Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) - goes missing, Mitty is determined to track O'Connell down to recover it. His undertaking turns into an extraordinary adventure.

The review

I love movies like this. The Secret Life... is a gorgeous tribute to embracing life and the small, memorable moments it consists of. It's a thoughtful and fond ode to the average man, with a bunch of heartwarming moments, introspectsion, humor, and exceptional photography. Stiller is terrific, Wiig manages to subtly create a wonderful character, Adam Scott makes everything better, and with Penn, MacLaine and a slew of others, the movie hardly lacks colorful characters. If you're looking for a life-changing feel-good movie, you should definitely check out The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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