Who just throws away gifted wallets? Seriously?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty stars Ben Stiller as the titular character Mitty, who’s more or less your average middle-aged man with an unexciting job. Working as a negative manager (had to look that up), Walter’s life turns topsy-turvy over a missing negative film. What follows is a journey of a lifetime in the life of an otherwise monotonous man.
Ben Stiller’s a particularly accomplished director. His Tropic Thunder is one of my all time-favorites. Flecks of similar comic situations can be seen here such as the overly stylised and hilarious dream situations. It helps us have a glimpse of the protagonist’s rather creative mind.
Doesn’t fit quite well with the rest of the movie’s tone.
Sure, the zone-out’s are hilarious every now and then, great for keeping you interested in the story. But what if the problem, is the story? Walter Mitty aims to send a message about love, about living life to the fullest and that, is ambitious. With that, comes a series of challenges. The plot is unable to meet them.
Stiller delivers on all fronts – competent performance, adequate directing. The rest of the cast play their roles well, particularly Scott. Despite this, the unfulfilling storyline results in a not-so-memorable movie.
Rating : 2.5/5