Movies in a minute

The concise critics

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Year : 2013 Director : Ben Stiller Running Time : 125 minutes Genre :
Movie review score
4/5

What’s it about?
Life Magazine’s Walter Mitty works with photo negatives at a time when everything is going digital. He lives beyond his humdrum cubicle walls through a series of elaborate daydreams. When redundancy looms, his existence becomes more fantastic than he ever could have imagined.

What did we think?
Liz says: Stiller’s Mitty is a photo negative in a world of iPads; struggling for relevance but full of potential beauty in and of itself. His transformation from nebbish office worker to fulfilled human was cinematic chicken soup for my soul. The fact I am a journalist staring down the barrel of digital irrelevance myself probably had a little something to do with it, but this film touched me right in the warm fuzzies.

 

Share

3 Responses so far.

  1. Anna says:

    This looks so great. Even the trailer makes me happy

  2. Dan Beeston says:

    Stiller’s directorial debut is sublime. Beautifully shot and you have an almost immediate empathy for lead character. You want him to succeed.

    It falls down because the writer felt this too and Mitty’s character arc feels completed halfway through the film. The stakes feel a bit cheap in the second half and it plays out a little to simply. It could have been perfect but it was only very good.

    4 stars.

  3. Elodie Boal says:

    A perfect example of escapism. The establishing shots are breath taking. Stiller’s direction is definitely superb. At times, I thought the tempo could be picked up slightly. But overall… it was a happy, feel-good movie, that could easily inspire one to follow their dreams.

Leave a Reply