THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

11 October 2016


I am a few years behind on the Walter Mitty bandwagon, I know, I know. This is a film I have wanted to see since it was released back in 2013. Yet somehow, never got around to it. That was until I picked the DVD up last week (alongside a couple of others I may review on here?) And finally got around to watching it last night. In short? This is now on my list of favourite films - as in, one I would happily watch again and again.

Initially, I bought this because I have a slight thing for Kristen Wiig. Okay, more than a slight thing. But had also heard some great things about this film, and wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. And it did. Walter Mitty is a fictional character that was created by James Thurber, an American journalist and author. Mitty appeared in The New Yorker in 1939, then in book form a few years later, in 1942. A film was made in 1947, but then Ben Stiller directed and starred in the 2013 version, which I'll obviously be talking about, if you couldn't tell already...




Ben Stiller is one of those actors who you just...like. Whether it's for Zoolander, Dodgeball, Along Came Polly, Meet The Parents or The Royal Tenenbaums, he's one of those dudes you just think - hey, you are alright. I didn't realise until I started watching the film, that he actually directed it! Sometimes when actors direct and star in things, it can be a bit weird, you know? But from the get go, I was in love with this film. 

Walter Mitty works at Life Magazine, developing photographs. His life is ever so mundane, and he just plods along, without much excitement. But he has a thing for letting his imagination run wild, and he zones out whilst he thinks of these outlandish, and crazy things happening. Within a few minutes, we see him jump into a building with a gas leak to save a three legged dog, which happens to be owned by the woman he really likes, but in reality, he can't build up the courage to talk to her. Cheryl, played by Kristen Wiig is just freakin' adorable okay? Yes, I'm being biased, but I just love how Walter and Cheryl's friendship develops throughout the film? That they both clearly like each other, but that it's a slow burn, not giving in right away to their feelings. It's cute as hell.



The story circles around one particular negative on a roll of film, and it's importance. But it's not just that. It's the journey that is taken. One of my favourite moments is this, featuring Space Oddity. Just....yes. Oh my word. I've watched the scene so many times before seeing the film and it's always given me shivers. Even more so, now. Pretty sure I was wanting to shout "YES WALTER, GO ON LAD, GO ONNNN". (But seriously, can Kristen release an EP or something because her voice is so pleasing. Right. I'll shut up about my love for Kristen for a moment). 


I loved the switch between reality and what Walter is thinking, in his own little world. It makes for some hilarious, and touching results. And don't even get me started about the way this was filmed. Stuart Dryburgh's cinematography is just so darn gorgeous. As you know, I love my cinematography and sadly...lately I have felt the love hasn't been as strong. Well, this has reignited it, that's for sure. Some of the high angle and tracking shots had me drooling. Yes, I drool over good cinematography, okay? It's the sign of a good film when I think that multiple shots are the pièce de résistance.


I don't know what to say about it without giving it away, but it's one of those films that has you feeling everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be in awe...it just makes you want to get out there, and see the world around you, and embrace everything with open arms. If you haven't watched it, I demand you do as soon as possible and add it to your list of favourite films as well.

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