Giant Movie Review: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

I always check critic reviews before I go to a movie.

Before I went to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, I noticed that critics generally disliked it.  As of today, it stands at a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I went in doubtful. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” is based on a short story of the same name by James Thurber. In the movie, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty who works in the negative processing department of a soon to be shut down Life magazine. Adam Scott plays a really arrogant corporate “Transition Manager”, who is making his life difficult. Kristen Wiig plays a fellow employee/love interest.

The acting I thought was really good, Kristen Wiig gave another really confident performance, Ben Stiller was Ben Stiller, and Sean Penn played it cool. I liked Adam Scott’s performance, but I’m such a “Parks and Recreation” fan, that it was hard for me to separate his performance in the movie from the television show.

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While the story deviated from the original short story quite a bit, it in no way made me upset. The story was transformed into an ode to Life, the magazine and the state of existence. It’s a warcry for everybody who is stuck in a desk job, watching life pass them by, and secretly wants to go out and do something significant.

This movie was a feast for the eyes. The cinematography was well-composed, with some really great typography work. The colors are vibrant and well captured. It’s a joy to see on the big screen. The editing was crisp, the scenes well timed. The soundtrack was indie, in a good way. It watched like a festival entry, but was accessible nonetheless. I think Ben Stiller’s first notable foray into directing a more serious work was a resounding success.

Usually I agree with critics. This time I do not. I believe that this will be an “It’s A Wonderful Life” situation, where the critics will dislike it, but the general public will love it. Go take your family and watch this movie, I wholeheartedly recommend it.


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