Monday, December 30, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller has been busy. He directed this PG movie that is family friendly. However, it was not exactly what I was expecting. Still it is a good movie. But not great.
The cast is spot on with Adam Scott as Smitty's new boss who just so happens is dismantling LIFE magazine as we would know it. The story is based on James Thurber's short story about a daydreamer who hasn't exactly found his calling, yet still manages to survive in this world in his office job.
The daydreaming sequences are quite elaborate. However the humor comes off down right bulling at Walter's expense. The movie really isn't funny. Perhaps quirky. I was glad to see Kristan Wig in the love interest role. But as serious as her character was, its just hard to take Kristian serious with all those funny films and SNL.
Perhaps its hard to explain. On one hand, I think the movie was trying to be funny, but its no Zoolander that you can watch over and over finding new humorous things about it. Yet, I think the purpose was to show you the importance of life. Yes, the little things do matter in life..and remember.."Beauty does not need attention."
I enjoyed the soundtrack for the most part. And there were some very intriguing scenes of how Walter got from point A to B. Truly, this daydreamer does find real adventure while trying to find the piece of the puzzle that he needs to survive at work. Seriously, though..that really didn't matter to Walter. It was the fact, that as much as he dreamed..he never lost anything at work.
Its a story of how we find faith in who we love and what we love. It is what keeps us going. Shirley McClaine plays Walter's mother while Kathryn Hahn plays his sister and of course, Sean Penn to the rescue as Sean O'Connell the adventurous photographer.
STORYLINE: Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter 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.
Posted by ellie at 12:00 AM