Movie Review: The secret life of Walter Mitty

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Ventured out to watch The Wolf of Wall Street, ended up watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Do the gods of fine cinema hate me? I think not.

There are 3 kinds of superheroes- First, the superhuman, mutant variety such as Hulk and Krissh (giggles), second, the super rich crime fighting brigade like Iron Man and Batman, and third, the mightiest of all, the dreamer. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a larger – than – life tale of adventure of a man stuck in the rut of a monotonous life who is prone to acute day dreaming.

It is said to be loosely based on a short story by James Thurber by the same name. However, Walter Mitty’s lucid imagination where he is invariably the main protagonist who cracks the wittiest of jokes, always ends up saving the day and wooing the girl reminded me of Calvin from the beloved comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes.

The good

It’s a great movie to watch if you’re tired of unrealistic computerized stunts. The visuals of the film are particularly breath taking; watching Walter travel from one stunning location to another is a treat to the eyes. The sound track is nice and apt. But what is most endearing is how relatable Ben Stiller is in his portrayal of a man on the verge of losing his job who has an old mother to support and a crush on his coworker, but still remains upbeat about life in a way that is all too familiar to anyone who has risen from the hardships in life.

The bad

Slightly slow and sloppy, the movie definitely has its flaws. It may not impress all types of viewers. One thing that’s definitely working against it is that it’s in theaters against the all mighty WOWS.

No uglies, my lovelies!

“To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms… to see and be amazed and to feel that is the purpose of life.” is a motto we encounter many times in this movie. What it basically does is, motivates us to add a little carpe diem in our lives too. Watch it for a good time but don’t expect any Oscar- worthy moments.

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