SHARE TWEET 0 The problem with platitudes is that they may profess a nice sentiment, but the statement tends to be an obvious one, and it will be a fleeting memory by the time you finish reading that t-shirt or bumper sticker. Walter Mitty Stiller works as a photo manager for Life Magazine and spends a large portion of his time daydreaming about being confident and courageous. Stiller opens his movie with a nice mix of quiet and playful visuals, but this approach becomes tedious as the story wears on.
But no one probably expected something quite so adventurous as this take on James Thurber's renowned short story, which was famously filmed in the '40s as a Danny Kaye vehicle directed by Norman Z McLeod.
Stiller's version bears as little resemblance to Thurber's story as the McLeod version did - all that remains is the name and the fact that Mitty played here by Stiller is a man who "zones out" of his dull life, daydreaming amazing and heroic achievements to make up for the ordinariness of his everyday existence.
In this iteration, Mitty works at Life magazine as clerk in the photography department and is charged with handing over the image for the final cover - a "quintessence"-capturing shot from acclaimed snapper Sean O'Connell Penn. But when the negative can't be found, Mitty must finally break out of his work-a-day drudgery and do something noteworthy.
This ambition and excitement keep the enjoyment level rolling along through the dull patches. The movie comes crashing back to earth each time Mitty returns to reality, which is obviously the plan, but even when Mitty finally takes off on his big adventure, the film struggles to keep a consistent pace or tone.
It aims to be profound but its central message and theme - that Mitty needs to get a life - is hammered home with all the subtlety of a helicopter to the face. Mitty works at Life, the magazine's "meaning of life" motto is trotted out about a dozen times But you still have to admire the film.
It's fun and inventive, and Stiller tries to tap into his inner Michel Gondry, with inventive visuals that bring the imaginary world crashing into the real one, even if it lacks the high levels of quirk found in Gondry films. It's also one of the better Stiller performances we've seen to date, while Scott is wonderfully obnoxious as the manager in charge of shutting down Life magazine, Oswalt is funny as an eHarmony technician, and Penn is nicely restrained as rogue photographer O'Connell.
The plot itself is both frustrating and rewarding. I'm terrible at predicting twists, but a major plot point about the missing negative almost had me screaming at the screen for an hour. Despite this, the film still managed to resolve in a satisfactory manner.
As adventurous as it is, it still feels very safe. As charming as it is, it's also very frustrating.
And as much as it has a lot of warmth and heart to it, it comes off as obvious and a bit superficial. Thankfully it's fun and predominantly enjoyable though, making it definitely worth a look.
Stiller has aimed high, and even if he hasn't made it to the top, the view is still pretty good from where he ended up.Dec 21, · Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel.
That is the purpose of life. Exquisitely produced, immaculately acted, and thoroughly uninvolving, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a perfect nothing of a movie.
It takes James Thurber’s beloved short story about a man. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" () is a short story by James Thurber. The most famous of Thurber's stories, it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, , and was first collected in his book My World and Welcome to It (Harcourt, Brace and Company, ).
It has since been reprinted in James Thurber: Writings and Drawings (The Library of America, , ISBN ), is. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a very funny film, and a great vehicle for Danny Kaye.
For me, one of the highlights of the film is the fantasy-within-a-fantasy performance of Symphony For an Unstrung Tongue (The Little Fiddle) – a hilariously funny Danny Kaye sketch, which can be viewed via YouTube.
The movie is highly recommended. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various artists. 1. Step Out – José González 2. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men 3.
Stay Alive – José González 4. Far Away – Junip 5. Don’t Let It Pass – Junip 6. Lake Michigan – Rogue Wave 7. . Walter Mitty (Movie). Life is about finding yourself, each other, and being true to one’s self.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an extremely original and creative story written by James Thurber. The movie, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, conveys a daydreamer escaping his typical life by disappearing into a realm of.