The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller directs and stars as Walter Mitty - a LIFE magazine proofreader who, incapable of revealing his feelings to the woman he loves (Kristen Wiig) in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. When images from a fellow photographer (Sean Penn) go missing, Mitty’s mind takes him on a voyage to retrieve the negative, leading to a quest of self-discovery. The script is based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber, previously adapted for the screen in 1947.

2013Rating: PG, Mild themes, action violence, sexual references and coarse language114 minsUSA
AdventureComedyDramaFantasy
Director:
Ben Stiller ('Tropic Thunder', 'Zoolander', 'The Cable Guy')
Writer:
Steve Conrad
Cast:
Ben StillerSean PennKristen WiigAdam ScottPatton OswaltShirley MacLaine

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Though his leading man status has gone from encouragingly superb to incorrigibly bland, Ben Stiller’s succinct filmography as a director carries a more respectable reputation (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Reality Bites). Putting himself once again in front of and behind the camera, this modern take on the 1947 daydreamer comedy is a totally fine, but heavily flawed, Stiller-helmed staple.

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Variety

Variety

Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial.

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Total Film

Total Film

Pretty much all the credit belongs to Stiller behind the camera, turning a sappy Hollywood button-pusher into a slick, smart-looking fantasy that doesn't mind showing its indie roots.

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Time Out

Time Out

The film is at its best when played as goofy comedy ... The later, country-hopping scenes feel like flicking through an old copy of National Geographic.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Seldom has a globe-spanning, soul-plumbing search for what really matters looked so inconsequential.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

As a director, this feels like Stiller's moment. Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. In many ways, it's the new Forrest Gump. Go with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful.

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