Title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Director: Ben Stiller Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 54m
“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.”
2:04 - Oh, it’s winks on eHarmony is it? Always got to be some kind of weird interaction. 4:32 - Haven’t really been anywhere or done anything. Oh well. 7:44 - There are worse things than to be known as cake man. 10:13 - “Poetry falcon. I like that.” 14:36 - Being determined non-vital sounds painful. 23:45 - Not studied bees closely, but I don’t think there’s a performance artist variety. 31:54 - “That’s, um… can’t take a train there.” 37:54 - Great way to show a flight. Better than those stock footage transitions you normally see. 44:07 - The beer shoes are amazing. 53:44 - Love the boat guy. Instagram and Facebook. 56:10 - These places are so beautiful. 58:02 - Bad place to have an accident though, there’s no one around to help. 1:05:18 - Wowsers. 1:17:53 - You just have to know the right thing to type into Google. 1:22:25 - “I have to make oxygen choices.” 1:26:14 - Love the concept of too playful. 1:32:29 - Mm, I could go a cinibun right now. 1:41:50 - You wouldn’t think “Got me where I needed to go” would be such a good line. 1:44:17 - So perfect.
I didn’t expect much from this film. The trailer looked interesting, but I thought it was kinda arty and probably without a gripping story. I wasn’t sure it was going to by my kind of film at all.
Boy, I was wrong. From the start, it was amusing and heart-breaking at the same time, beautiful, vivid and filled with thought-provoking scenes. Every single shot appeared to be carefully crafted - that’s what made it look arty from an outside view - but it wasn’t done just for the sake of it. It all worked, and had a fab soundtrack on top.
The story, too, was great. A little far-fetched in places, probably could have done without the shark, but otherwise brilliant. Ultimately, it wasn’t about the big Icelandic views, as gorgeous as they were, but about the little things that turned Mitty’s life around. The piano, the wallet, the dating website.