Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Director: Ben Stiller

Starring: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt

A stunningly visual version of the Danny Kay 1947 classic based on the 1939 James Thurber story. Show off effects aside Stiller makes heavy work of the comedy in his attempt to dramatize the life and times of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller). Our hero is an insecure photo researcher at Life magazine who escapes his humdrum existence by imagining himself in swashbuckling situations. Secretly in love with co-worker Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) he would do anything to win her heart. When Mitty is faced with redundancy, he turns his dreams into reality, travelling the globe to find errant photographer (Sean Penn) and the lost negative for the magazine’s final cover. Only then do his far-fetched dreams come true. Very watchable, likable even, beautifully shot but sadly not a patch on the Danny Kaye version.

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