I attended the advance screening of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” last night. This movie is an epic tale about Walter, a daydreamer that escapes his unassuming life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. However, when his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in the movie. His beaten down demeanor and stone-faced expressions are spot on for the performance and a nice break from his usual slapstick roles. And Oscar winner Sean Penn perfectly captures the rugged fearlessness of a world weary photographer who recognizes the depth of Mitty.
The visuals in this film were particularly fantastic. From the New York offices of LIFE magazine all the way to Greenland, Iceland, the Himalayas. Each scene was perfectly captured and just beautiful. They even made some clever use of the landscapes to push the story along.
“Walter Mitty” works well as a decent ‘feel good film’ with plenty of sentimentality and charm along with a positive message about being present in your life to experience your best life.
I give it a 3/5 due to predictability, some crude comments, and action violence.