THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Living Life’s Adventures
Release Date: December 25, 2013
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig,
Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn,
Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn
Audience: Teenagers to adults
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Ben Stiller
Executive Producer: G. Mac Brown, Meyer Gottlieb,
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld, Samuel
Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Ben
Writer: Steve Conrad, James Thurber
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Movieed Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Movie Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
Walter Mitty works for Life Magazine in the negative assets department. Arriving to work one day, Mitty finds out that Life Magazine has been acquired and drastic cuts will be made, including ending the print edition. Sean O’Connell is Life’s most prized photographer and his image will be the image on the last print edition of Life. O’Connell has sent Mitty the roll of his negatives, but Mitty can’t find the one image O’Connell dedicated for the last edition, negative number twenty-five.
Ted Hendricks is transitioning the company into its new online phase. He tells Mitty that, if he doesn’t find the lost negative, he’ll be fired. Mitty asks his coworker, Cheryl, for her help. Having an eye on her for some time, Mitty daydreams of their life together in the future. When Cheryl tells Mitty he should go do whatever it takes to find Sean O’Connell and the image, he decides to take action. This is the first time in Mitty’s life that he actually has actually done something adventurous rather then just dreamed about it.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY has a moral worldview with Walter supporting his family. Walter is deeply connected with his father. After his father dies, he feels he needs to support his family. The movie stresses the importance of family, but at the same time, this is a family that’s suffered a breakup. Mitty has never been on an adventure, and he is encouraged by his romantic interest to do so. In fact, he admits she’s his inspiration.
The best aspects of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY are the music and the visuals. Mitty’s transition from being fearful to being adventurous is too sudden. The movie seems to lack good character development. Also, Mitty’s daydreams are very odd and have awkward transitions. Overall, the movie seemed like Stiller’s artistic pet project to emphasize adventure, but the storyline should have been tightened up.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY has a moral worldview stressing the importance of family and living life instead of dreaming about it. The music and the visuals in WALTER MITTY are wonderful. However, Mitty’s transition from being fearful to being adventurous is too sudden. Thus, the movie needs better character development. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY also has some brief crude content, so caution is advised.