The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Midnight reviews – or, more accurately, 02:49am reviews – are rare and far between. Usually I wait until morning, having had time to process and digest. But I felt like this couldn’t wait. I honestly couldn’t tell you why – maybe because of life, maybe because of how hard it struck with me – but I am going to write about it now.

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Okay, first things first. I would not call myself Ben Stiller’s number one fan. I don’t love him, or his sense of humour, or his acting (though his voice acting is alright). I don’t know, I just never liked him all that much. But after watching this, directed by and starring Ben Stiller in the title role, my respect for him has increased significantly. For me, the film was that good. It wasn’t my kind of film either – a comedy that wasn’t as funny as you expected it to be. But damn.

Let’s talk about the plot. Originally a short story by James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells the story of Walter Mitty, an employee of LIFE magazine, in charge of printing off negatives for the magazine. He takes the term ‘daydreamer’ to a whole new level. His active imagination eventually leads him on an accidental adventure of sorts.

I don’t know, but I found Walter such a relatable character. His story struck such a chord with me. It wasn’t overly great, or riveting in anyway. It was about someone whose daydreams eventually became irrelevant because he had decided to start living. I’m sure it was a subconscious decision, but one was made, and changed his life for the better.

Why does this hit me so? Well, first of all, it’s like 3am, so everything the slightest bit emotional amplifies by like 99%. But the whole dreams to life transition is something that I’ve personally always struggled with. I see people around me, with their lives planned to a certain degree, and all I appear to do is dream. I dream loudly, yes. But I’m kind of afraid to take that initial step. I think that’s what my problem is.

Cinematography of this film was very well done. Scenery was stunning. There were parts which were questionable, but my god were they beautiful. I think I whispered ‘Someone take me to Iceland’ about 4 times. Should also point out that the soundtrack for the film was amazing as well.

I’m tired now so,

Until next time,

Rivanna

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