The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Stop dreaming. Start living
Stop dreaming. Start living
D: Ben Stiller
20th Century Fox/New Line/Red Hour (Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld & Ben Stiller)
US/Canada/UK/Australia 2013
114 mins


W: Steve Conrad [based on a story by James Thurber]
DP: Stuart Dryburgh
Ed: Greg Hayden
Mus: Theodore Shapiro

Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty), Adam Scott (Ted Hendricks), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty), Sean Penn (Sean O'Connell)

Despite this being Ben Stiller's most mature work as director/star, the film isn't really that special.
The film is a remake of a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye, but in this version Stiller plays the title character, a photo archivist at a magazine publisher who escapes from his own mundane existence by daydreaming on a frequent basis, when the negative for     the upcoming final issue of the magazine goes missing, Mitty goes on a worldwide quest to relocate it, taking him to Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas, meeting an array of characters while he pines for the woman of his dreams (Kristen Wiig). The main problem I had with this film was not knowing whether what I was seeing was real or merely a figment of Mitty's imagination and even by the end I was left completely undecided.
The performances are fine, the photography is excellent and there's some great visuals, but it's not really a great film.
Overall, it felt like an ego trip for Ben Stiller to go sightseeing and hiking up mountains.     

Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty