Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


Life Magazine is bought out just before the last printed copy is created. Management expects that issue to be the most popular ever. Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) works in asset management and is responsible for all the negatives. One of their star photographers, Sean O’Connell, has decided on the photograph to be the final cover. But Sean is on assignment. Walter decides to chase him down.

The hunt brings him to Greenland, Iceland and finally the Himalayas in Afghanistan.

Walter, a hapless, lonely and insecure desk jockey, is interested in dating his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) but he is too shy to approach her. When he finds out she is on e-Harmony, he decides to contact her that way. But his profile does not allow him to wink. He is too “boring.” We watch him as he daydreams about being a superhero in his quest to become interesting enough for his profile on e-Harmony to work.

The episodes of his dreams interrupt the story line and often are so ridiculous, they distract. The cinematography, especially in Iceland and Afghanistan is out of this world, and the musical score fits perfectly. If just the script, the plot, and the acting were as good as the cinematography, this would be an outstanding movie.

I thought it was silly much of the time, and moving some of the time. But then, to me, the last 30 seconds of the film made up for it all. I am glad I watched.

Rating: ** 1/2

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