Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Opens tomorrow, December 25, 2013 
  • 1 hr 54 min
  • PG | Some Crude Comments, Language and Action Violence

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty adapted from a 1939 short story of the same name by James Thurber shows us that dreaming and living are two different things.  Directed and starring Ben Stiller, the incredible tale of a mundane person fantasizing of a more interesting life, goes on an adventure to find a Life Magazine photographer who had sent him a negative that was supposed to be used for a cover.  The slide was lost and subsequently his job after 16 years on the job of handling and arching negatives for Life Magazine brings him out of his fantasies and into a much more interesting world.

While the premise is interesting enough, the movie tends to fall flat as far as excitement matching the life of Walter before his adventures.  The journey to find photographer Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) takes Walter (Ben Stiller) out of his comfort zone and he slowly has less and less daydreams.  But even amazingly breath taking scenes from Walter's global travel can't  help the dull slow pace of the film taking into detail every little moment of Walter's not so interesting life.

The only saving grace for the film is the love interest of Walter's, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) that unfortunately is not touched upon as much as you would want.  The eHarmony representative while amusing at first becomes a redundant joke that seems quite implausible.  The moment of meeting the famous photographer Sean O'Connell as well is anti-climactic.  The ending to the film however is a nice heartwarming touch when the cover is revealed to Walter as well as the movie goers. 

Overall, I would only recommend this movie as a rental or on Netflix if it ever shows up there.  The movie could have been tighten to avoid the long moments of just watching Walter travelling.  His dull personality while part of the point of the movie, does nothing to keep us from yawning.  The message of living your life instead of dreaming about it is a strong message that gets lost somewhere along the journey.

Rating: 2.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty
  • Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff, Mitty's love interest
  • Shirley MacLaine as Edna Mitty
  • Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks, Mitty's boss
  • Kathryn Hahn as Odessa Mitty, Walter's sister
  • Sean Penn as Sean O'Connell, a photojournalist
  • Patton Oswalt as Todd Maher, an eHarmony customer service representative

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