The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie that comes out Christmas Day 2013 that stars and is directed by Ben Stiller. This is his brain child. And wow, what a pretty baby it is. Although that is a weird way to say it, what I mean is that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is amazing.
The movie also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Sean Penn. Now for some people, that might seem like a weird ensemble for a serious movie, but it really works. With the exception of Sean Penn, these actors are most famous for their roles in comedies (like Wiig in Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids, and Adam Scott in Parks and Recreation and Step Brothers). However, they both shine in their roles in this movie. But where this movie really shines is in its directing and cinematography.
As far as this movie’s directing is concerned, this is a very difficult job. A lot of ideas behind this movie are very abstract. If you have seen the trailer for this movie (which I highly recommend you do. Click here to see it), you can see that this would be a very hard movie to pull off. The movie resolves a lot around the idea of imagination and daydreams, which makes this a very tough topic to display on the big screen without failing miserably. I don’t know how he did it, but Ben Stiller has managed to do it extremely well. Although at a few times, the progression of the story did not maintain its pace (a couple times it slowed down when it probably would’ve been better not to), the movie remained fascinating throughout the entire thing.
As amazing as the directing of this movie was, it was no match for the cinematography. Stuart Dryburgh does an absolutely fantastic job in this movie. It is visually stunning. Between New York City, Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas, this movie offers an extremely wide array of eye candy. This movie is really a work of art.
The movie also features a fantastic soundtrack (nerd alert am I right). Hall and Oates actually wrote, performed, and produced most of it, while the rest of it contains such great artists as Arcade Fire, David Bowie, and Of Monsters and Men. The music really added a lot to the movie in a good way.
So many thoughts come to mind when thinking of this movie. I loved it. I truly believe that it is one of the better movies I’ve seen. However, I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone. It is an extremely artistic movie, which means that not everyone will be able to appreciate it (not trying to sound pretentious or anything. All i mean is that it’s just not everyone’s cup of tea). The plot appears to be very abstract at times, which might lose some people, while it might make others extremely interested. This might lead to a lot of mixed reviews when the movie comes out. We’ll see if I’m right or wrong, but I think this will be a love-it or hate-it type movie. I am on the love it side for sure though.
To anyone out there who likes artistic movies, or can at least stand them, go see Walter Mitty. I’m not saying you’ll love it for sure, but it really is a fantastic movie.