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.
“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.
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.