“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Review: Why You MUST Watch This Film!

Before the Movie:

The first time I saw the movie trailer to this film, I won’t lie to you, I didn’t think it would be good. I had no intention of watching this film and was actually baffled when my boyfriend stated he wanted to watch it. Today, being Christmas (MERRY CHRISTMAS), we decided to go to the movies. It was between 47 Ronin or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. We choose the latter. I didn’t think it would anything but a waste of cash, but let me tell you….

I

WAS

WRONG.

(Photo Credit: waltermitty.com) Movie Poster
(Photo Credit: waltermitty.com) Movie Poster

Synopsis

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a man who daydreams, A LOT, and has been living the same dull (and rather pathetic) life for the past 16 years working for Life Magazine as a Negative Asset Manager (someone who develops photo negatives) for a renowned photographer Sean Connery (Sean Penn).  The company is on the brink of a transformation where the magazine will no longer be in print, but online. Why does that matter? Because that means people will be let go. Fired.

A new delivery of photographs arrive for Mitty and his assistant to begin working on however, there’s a situation; the most “important” photo, frame 25, is missing. This is strange being that Mitty has never lost a piece of film in the time he has worked there.

Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) is the current Transition Director and wants the last print of Life Magazine to be exceptional! And in order to do that, they need frame 25; and it’s lost. Hendricks aggressively bullies Mitty to see frame 25. Under pressure, Mitty does the unthinkable, he decides to hunt down Connery for this frame. Wherever he may be in this world. His job counts on it.

Mitty sets off onto an incredible journey he would have never gone through had he not lost this frame. He finds out what it is to be human, who he really is, what it is to enjoy and appreciate life, and the definition of life itself. After this arduous journey, he comes back and realizes, he no longer daydreams like he used to, he doesn’t need to. Why? Because he’s no longer dreaming, he’s living.

We have one life. How do you want to live it?

(Photo Credit: waltermitty.com) Movie Poster
(Photo Credit: waltermitty.com) Movie Poster

Why I Loved This Movie…

  • The story. It was about a man who lives a meager life that wasn’t going anywhere, then decides to take a risk that completely changes his life. Aren’t we ALL that person at one point in our lives? Scared shitless because we feel like we’re not going anywhere? We’re not “chasing after our dream?” This was easy to relate to because everyone goes through that sometime during our lifetime. Except we go through that journey with Mitty in this film. We feel his hesitation, his frustration, and his appreciation for the world we live in.
  • The scenery in this film was INCREDIBLE! Man! I looked over to my boyfriend and told him (more than once), “we need to go there!” You just have to see for yourself.
  • The message. The message in this film was to take risks, even if it scares you. Heck, that’s WHY you should take it! BECAUSE it scares you! To dream big and take that leap of faith. Even if you don’t land where you wanted to, you will still be closer than you were before. GOSH! I just loved this movie so much it’s ridiculous! You have to be mature to watch this film and reeeeeeeeeeeeeally appreciate it.
  • I literally told Joel, my boyfriend, “it was skillfully directed.” On that note, I was surprised to find out that Ben Stiller was the director. He did one HELL of a job! I was very impressed with this film. The angles of the camera, the lighting, the viewpoints, etc., it was incredible! KUDOS TO YOU BEN STILLER!

What I Didn’t Like…

THE TRAILER! GEEZ! The trailer DID not catch my attention, as previously stated. I don’t know how that could’ve improved it, BUT there’s always room for improvement. That was honestly the only thing I didn’t like.

My Rating

HANDS DOWN A 5 OF 5. Go watch it. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE TRAILER! If you asked me right now what my favorite movie is, I would say this one. Definitely. It’s that good. 

About Valeria Espinoza

Hey guys! I'm Val. 28 years old. Mother of three pups. Marvel enthusiast. Bibliophile. Professional Napper. Cosmetologist. BA in English. Former percussionist. Yea. I've been busy. :)

2 comments on ““The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Review: Why You MUST Watch This Film!

  1. Superb movie. I don’t believe the other reviewers could actually have watched it. Or maybe they are jaded nihilistic pseudosophisticated …. This movie was a lovely blend of the unpleasant realities, spiritual hope and a comic outlook. And friendship.

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