The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a new film starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott and revolves around a Life magazine worker, Walter Mitty (Stiller). This office worker lives inside fantasy worlds where he gets to live an adventurous life. He then sets off a global journey to search for a missing picture which he needs for the final issue of Life. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the second film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name. This comedy film is also directed by Ben Stiller. Check out the latest news on this new film below:
“First Look at The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is directed by and stars Ben Stiller. So you can expect bits of comedy will be sprinkled into the movie, including a laugh-out-loud moment early on when he’s online dating and trying to contact a co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). But it isn’t a pure comedy, or even a purely romantic comedy, at least from my perspective. Its sort of an adventure-driven story of growth for the titular character that develops out of his attempts at online dating—at least in the intro, though there are some familial obligations given later as reasons he couldn’t adventure before. Apparently, in the beginning, Mitty’s profile isn’t complete, and when he calls up the website’s support services Todd (Patton Oswalt) informs him that he should fill out a prompt for ‘been there / done that’. Mitty realizing he hasn’t been there or done that inadvertently finds himself on an adventure chasing down a photo negative from famed Life-cover photographer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) as he’s trying to court Cheryl and to save his job at Life magazine which is about to transition into a digital online publication (in the film).
By this point it is apparent that Mitty lapses into flights of fancy, tuning out the real world as his mind attempts to release his intrepid spirit through adventurous or explosive scenes. The first such dream has a moment that echoes a jumping scene in the third Bourne movie, as the camera jumps with the actor through the window. But as the slide becomes his focus, Mitty’s reality becomes almost as implausible as his dreams. He attempts to trail O’Connell through Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas and jumps out of a helicopter, recalls his skateboarding days and climbs mountains. The cinematography for these scenes is astounding as it displays these vistas proudly, encouraging a viewer’s own desire to explore the world.
If this quest was all Mitty was about, it would be great. But the movie also expects you to care about the relationship with Cheryl, about his job (even though Mitty himself doesn’t show much care for that), about his working relationship with O’Connell and about his mother, who is being moved into a retirement home. None of the other threads is fleshed out strongly enough. Though you can see where and why each serves a role in the film and maybe you can’t remove one, but it would have be better to focus on the true adventures.”
The rest of the article can be read at Pop Matters.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is scheduled to be released on December 25th 2013.
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