The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
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Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (c) Fox
Dec 25, 2013 Wide
20th Century Fox - Official Site
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Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.
Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial.
Kind of like if Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru were remade as an 114-minute Super Bowl commercial.
Surprisingly for such a big-budget spectacle, it is in the details that Walter Mitty really works.
Uplifting journey through physical and fantastical worlds which also doubles as a cynic's worst nightmare, beware, this film contains optimism
Rather than consider how someone like Terry Gilliam [think "Brazil"] might approach Thurber's socially ripe source material, they have merely imposed a formulaic script that still doesn't hit its marks.
As saggy and insipid as the story becomes and as bloated and showy as Stiller's notion of whimsy is, what is most troubling is the film's confused message.
But what lifts this studio comedy, Stiller's fifth feature as director, is its sincere ambivalence about fulfillment in the age of iPhones and image saturation.
It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.
Who would have predicted that the rich fantasy world of James Thurber's day-dreaming Walter Mitty looks a lot like a second-rate Wes Anderson movie?
The story of a man prone to escape the present moment through fantasies who is transformed when he discovers his courage.
The look of this Mitty turns panoramic, but it's generic compared to the 1947 Technicolor version, in which colour and Kaye bounce out from the screen in a then-novel product.
Ben Stiller's aesthetics blend overly manicured imagery with soaring rock songs that underline every emotion, lest the film's corporate logo-driven message-making didn't get the point across clearly enough.
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