MOVIE REVIEW: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013)
“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”
“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” is comedian BEN STILLER’s first foray into directing a testy dramatic film, and it looks like he’s done a pretty neat job.
The end result is either you love or loathe it.
We start with the advertising slogan “Stop Dreaming, Start Living” which conveniently gives away the plot.
BEN STILLER is the film director.
He also stars as the lead character Walter Mitty in James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by indulging into his own imaginary world of fantasies, spiced with heroism, love and action.
Everybody does his own reel thing once in a while as a form of escapism.
It’s harmless to imagine you are in the shoes of that “someone”.
But when this act is perpetually prolonged, it’s best to consult a psychiatrist.
Mitty works in the photo department of the now defunct Life Magazine.
He is sad, lonely and single looking for a soulmate.
He daydreams a lot out of frustration, some of these fantasies include a colleague crush, Cheryl (KRISTEN WIIG).
As the digital world catches on and the magazine finally makes its transition from print to online, Mitty and a few others in the company are made redundant. Things get to a broil when his new manager (ADAM SCOTT) turns out to be a bully.
And it so happens that Mitty loses an important photo negative that’s meant for the magazine’s final print cover. Now he has no choice but to travel the world and hunt down the elusive photographer, played by SEAN PENN for the original piece of negative.
This REAL global journey turns out to be an unexpected adventure of self-discovery, unlike anything he has ever experienced before.
STILLER, the director cum actor has based this 2013 film on the story and given it a contemporary dressing.
He combines a potpourri of fantasy, romance, humor, globe-trotting adventures and nice cinematography that will really warm your heart and soul.