The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Category: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Age Restriction: 10-12PG
Well known names: Adam Scott, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
The secret life of Walter Mitty is a fun, adventurous and inspiring film based on the 1939 short story written by James Thurber, which in turn also became a movie in 1947. Ben stiller decided to bring it back to life in a more modern tale and has done so by directing and starring in this film.
Walter Mitty has quite a boring life and often daydreams about his life being filled with action and adventure, only to come to and realise that nothing has changed. He falls in love and in an attempt to get his co-workers attention he signs up to a dating site that she is using, but doesn’t have much to add to his profile about who he is.
Walter, quite ironically, works for a magazine called Life and he is in charge of all the negative film that needs to be processed into the magazine images. As the company enters into a process of laying off a lot of employees, Walter’s job is in the line when a certain negative can’t be found. He finds himself in the difficult position of having to take action in the real world and spontaneously embarks on a crazy adventure to find this negative and hopefully save his job.
Critics have been quite harsh on this film, stating that it doesn’t have the looniness expected from Ben Stiller and also not the roller-coaster feel that you get in the book and previous film full of satire. Apparently it is quite ordinary. However, I think that, that is exactly what made it work. It was a sweet ordinary story of an ordinary guy finding adventure quite unexpectedly and opening himself up to it, without losing the ordinary life of family and friends.
This might not be a film for your collection, but it is worth the watch if you are in need of some light-hearted entertainment that challenges you to live life!
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