Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Director: Ben Stiller

Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Joey Slotnick, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt

Walter Mitty, an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.

I do not understand why they had to remake this movie. If you have seen the original version with Danny Kaye, you would understand. It is a funny comedy from 1947. I was not expecting much from this remake at all. I'm not the biggest fan of Ben Stiller. He likes to fill his humor with funny looks or voices that are not really funny. I was really afraid that this movie was going to be filled with that nonsense. I was surprised.

Ben Stiller took to this role in a more mature serious matter with little humor. There were a few times that he did the whole funny look in his eyes and it was a little silly, but it all could be overlooked. It did not take away from the movie at all. He was really good in the movie. You care about what happened to this man. Kristen Wiig had a really simple watered down part in the movie, but it was a good thing. She was not being all wacky and stuff. She was this simple single mother that just trying to life her life. I loved how simple yet complex both of these characters were in the movie. It made the movie little more serious than comical. I liked that twist.

Now the rest of the cast was really good was well. Adam Scott was that corporate management asshole that everyone want to fall out of a high window. He was really good at that role. He even looked the part of a fake man with no personality or soul. That is how those people are, dead inside. Shirley MacLaine was perfect as Mitty's mother. She was not in the movie that much, but she really did leave an impression on my mind. I love her.

This is a movie that you need to give it a shot. It is well worth watching. It is a bit of a slow movie, but at least the movie is interesting. The story is good. Enjoy.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Trailer

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