This movie was one of the movies that premiered around Christmas last year. It’s a movie where Ben Stiller takes the driver’s seat as both director and leading actor. It’s an unusual project compared to other of Stiller’s prior films (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, etc.) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name. It’s about an everyday guy – Walter Mitty – who has a very monotonous and quite boring life. This movie encourages to seize the moment and not just to watch life fly by. These are serious themes for a funny guy like Stiller, so how does he pull this off?
So why would you watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?
- Because these aforementioned themes don’t come off as a cliché. There’s something charming about Walter Mitty that makes us believe in him and his journey.
- Because the cinematography is fantastic. Some of the sequences in this movie are absolutely beautiful.
- Because we get to see a new side of Ben Stiller. Both as an actor and as a director.
- Because there’s something life-affirming about this movie.
- Because this movie puts a smile on your face. It doesn’t rely on jokes as much as it relies on funny and peculiar situations. This cause smiles more than it cause laughs.
Why wouldn’t you watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?
- Because the tempo of the movie is very slow which already will be presented in the first scene of the movie.
- Because the movie often relies on its cinematography instead of the action. This can make it a little boring sometimes.
- Because some of Mitty’s daydreams are a bit far-fetched and a bit too goofy. This is conflicting with the themes and message of the movie.
- Because you like your Ben Stiller movies to be hilarious. This isn’t one of them.
SHOULD you watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?
The slow tempo and the conflict between themes and some of the goofiness make me want to give this movie a soft no. This isn’t a movie you absolutely HAVE to see. Anyway, It’s a really tough call because it really depends on where you are in your life. I think this is a movie more fitted for the mature audience.
It has to be mentioned that Stiller is very believable both as an actor and as a director. I hope that Stiller continues to make movies like this because it will only make him evolve.