When most people see that Ben Stiller is staring in a movie, they avoid it like the plague. Everyone is familiar with the funny man’s slapstick (often cringe-worthy) humour, typically found in his previous films like Meet the Parents and Zoolander.
It is for this reason perhaps that many people will have given his latest movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a skip. And that is a fatal error. This film, which Stiller both directed and stars in, is nothing like his previous work, but rather shows a deeper, more charming side.
The heart-warming and inspirational film tells the story of Walter Mitty, an run-of-the-mill average Joe, with no ambitions and little going for him, apart from his delusions of fantasy and romance which cause him to be somewhat absent from his daily realities. This all changes when Mitty has to go on a journey to find a photograph for the last edition of Life magazine where he works.
The transitions between reality and Mitty’s daydreams are so smooth and are bound to keep you captive. I loved this movie, finding it both hopeful and inspiring in spite of its cast, which includes Kirsten Wiig and Sean Penn. It’s based on the short story by James Thurber and leaves you with a warm sense of seizing the moment and living life to the fullest. I was utterly enthralled and pleasantly surprised by this gem of a movie.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Ben Stiller (20th Century Fox, 2013)