When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
You know when you think your life is boring and you starting daydreaming about going in some grand adventure? What if, at some point, you stopped daydreaming and started living?
That’s the basic premise of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. Mitty (Ben Stiller) works in the Life magazine, taking care of their photo archive. When the company decides to end the printed version, their greatest photographer send the picture that surmises the quintessence of Life magazine. And that picture is nowhere to be found. With the clock ticking out, Mitty decides to go after the photographer, one of the few friends he has in life and never saw face to face. And that’s when his daydreams take him to… live.
Oh yes, it’s that kind of movie. The movie about “being yourself”, but for grown ups. But that’s the thing: It’s pretty well done. You can really empathize with Mitty — after all, who don’t daydream from time to time? Who wouldn’t have a more exciting life? And when he decides to take the leap into “living”, it’s a daydream who takes him. It’s a daydreamer dream! And Stuart Dryburgh did an absolute awesome job in the movie photography. I mean, after watching the movie, I — a recluse person who hates traveling — really thought about doing a trip to Greenland. I mean, Iceland. Whatever.
There is a small romantic plot of Mitty with his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), a small friendship with his colleague at the archives Hernando (Adrian Martinez), a small spat with Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott), who is in charge of closing the magazine, the mysterious photographer O’Connel (Sean Penn)… but it’s all minor. Everything goes around Mitty/Stiller and he’s the focus. And that’s one thing I really need to applaud Stiller for: He does a really good job acting and directing. And I need to say this ’cause he’s the reason I could never watch more than 6 minutes of Zoolander.
It’s one of those movies with the rating of saving-a-cat-in-a-building-on-fire of going-to-space.