Let's Discuss The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
By Tinseltine on December 31, 2013
I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I came out of the theater thinking the movie was damn near perfect. But then I read a review which criticized all the product placement - Papa Johns, Cinnabon (good food in film moments) and eHarmony. This reviewer also felt Thurber's original story is not being served in director Ben Stiller and writer Steve Conrad's movie. Then he points out there's no actual chemistry between Stiller and Wiig. He sums the movie up by saying - As watchable as his movie is, it’s hard to discern exactly what Stiller is trying to say. Walter literally evolves from meek wallflower to heroic adventurer over the course of a week, and the ultimate result is a date with a girl who seemed to like him just fine before the feats of derring-do... Jeff Meyers MetroTimes
Perhaps Jeff makes some good points, but even he had to admit the movie is watchable, and that it is! It's a film that really takes you along for the ride. I liked the clever visuals in signage, the gorgeous landscape shots and it's inspiring to see Mitty/Stiller's face completely change and come alive with exuberance and robust pride as one adventure follows the next.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty makes you wish you could shed all fear of the unknown and follow Life Magazine's motto:
“To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.”
T &T's LAMB Score: 4 outta 5
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